In the world of modern art, the idea of appropriation, or the
conscious manipulation of the recognized world of another artist,
has long been accepted as a legitimate strategy in criticism of the
tradition of art authorship, challenging the context of viewing
contemporary work and the manipulation of omnipresent media images.
The world of art itself is fair game to be pillaged or mined in the
production of new art, but there is almost no recognized equivalent
aesthetic in architecture.
Philip Johnson consistently dealt with the concept of
appropriation and used it as a design strategy from the very
beginning of his illustrious career. A singular taste-maker, Philip
Johnson influenced art, architecture and design during the second
half of the 20th century. Philip Johnson and His Mischief:
Appropriation in Art and Architecture looks at the
concept of appropriation and how Johnson's style was influenced
first by his mentor, Mies van der Rohe, and then by post-modern
ideas and artists.
Charting his career through the 1980s and beyond, this title
serves to review Johnson's body of work and show that, far from
being a weakness, his use of appropriation was a major part of his
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