About The Artist
Credited as one of the most innovative and influential architects of the past century, Frank Gehry was born Frank Goldberg in 1929. As a teenager in Toronto, a young Gehry worked at his grandparents' hardware store where he was surrounded by the utilitarian materials that would become part of his creative signature.
In 1947 Gehry's family relocated to Los Angeles, where he would eventually have tremendous impact on the city's built environment. Gehry enrolled as an architecture student at the University of Southern California in 1949, and later went on to study city-planning at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Following work with local and international architecture firms and his early involvement in residential design, Gehry returned to Los Angeles and founded Frank O. Gehry & Associates in 1962.
During this period, Gehry grew close to many of Los Angeles's most iconic artists, among them Billy Al Bengston, Ed Ruscha, and Ed Moses. He also began ongoing involvement with exhibition design at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Firmly rooted in the spirit of Southern California's design tradition, even Gehry's early commissions were marked by a knack for experimentation and innovation. His early "renovation" of his own home in Santa Monica, CA, a project that began in 1978, remains one of his most recognizable creations.
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Gehry established himself as a leader in the deconstructivist and postmodern architecture movements, becoming recognized for the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany, the Dancing House (Fred and Ginger) in Prague, Czech Republic, and the Cinémathèque Française in Paris. It was Gehry's design for the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, however, that rendered Gehry a household name and forged the modern notion of the celebrity architect.
Further indulging his passion for challenging expectations of quotidian materials and forms, Gehry has ventured into the worlds of furniture, sculpture, utilitarian objects, and even jewelry. Locally, Gehry has critically contributed to the Los Angeles visual landscape with landmarks that include the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Chiat/Day Building, and the California Aerospace Museum among others. Gehry's latest contribution to his adopted hometown will be The Grand, a mixed-use development that will neighbor Disney Concert Hall, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Broad in downtown Los Angeles.
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