Frank O. Gehry: Sculptor and Architect for the Twenty-first Century

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In 1929, Frank O. Gehry was born in Toronto, Canada. This would be a neutral fact except that his French education served him well later in life when he went to Paris to meet Le Corbusier

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COMMENTARYFrank O. Gehry: Sculptor and Architect for theTwenty-first CenturyRonald L. NagelIrving D. Karpas Professor of MedicineDepartments of Medicine and HematologyAlbert Einstein College of MedicineBronx, New York 10461FIGURE 1 The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain (Frank O. Gehry) (Friedman and Sorkin, 1999).In 1929, Frank O. Gehry was born in Toronto, Canada.This would be a neutral fact except that his Frencheducation served him well later in life when he wentto Paris to meet Le Corbusier (Le Corbusier was a leadingarchitect of the time who, unknown to many, took"inspiration" for part of his work, in the non-professional architecture of Ghardaia, in southern Algeria). Gehry later moved to Los Angeles and became an American citizen, his education continued including studies at University of Southern California and Harvard, fromwhich he obtained formal degrees in architecture and,interestingly, in urban planning.I encountered Frank O. Gehry when I attended a lecturein New York at Town Hall sponsored by the ArchitecturalLeague in honor of Gehry's then recently published book,Gehry Talks (Friedman and Sorkin, 1999).The person introducing Gehry remarked that the lecturehad been organized originally at another smaller venue,because they were expecting no more attendees than thetotal membership of the League, which is close to 600souls. He added: "Who the hell are the rest of you?!" - for there were 800additional attendees. Needless to say,the

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