Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Frank Gehry...designs expansion of Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum! Futuristic showcase?

Visitors to the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum (University of Minnesota) have been agog over the $14 million-dollar expansion designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry.

Gehry created the original stainless steel structure in 1993.

The Weisman - which attracts 15,000 art-lovers a year, is viewed by many as a gigantic work of art itself!

Gehry, one of my favorite visionary architects, designed the much-ballyhooed Disney Hall in downtown Los Angeles.

The 8,100 square foot addition has doubled the size of the gallery space which houses a collection of approximately  20,000 pieces of precious artworks (including paintings by Georgia O'Keefe and Andy Warhol).

In the early days of his illustrious career, Mr. Gehry custom-built homes for his wealthy clients before he landed major commissions which landed him on the world stage.

Unfortunately, the residences tended to be junky-looking and over designed.

Gehry really came into his own as an architect when he was afforded to work on a grand scale more conducive to his futuristic eclectic designs.

The Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, by the way, is open Tuesday thru Sunday.

Admission is free to the public.

Disney Hall in downtown Los Angeles

"Junky" Gehry-designed home for wealthy client

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