Michael Graves

(b. 1934)

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(1934– ).

One of the most controversial US architects. He was identified as one of the New York Five, and first came to prominence with a series of private houses in which themes of Le Corbusier were reworked (e.g. Benacerraf House addition, Princeton, NJ (1969), where reminiscences of De Stijl also occur). From the 1970s his work became classified as Post-Modernist, as his architecture assimilated historical images and quotations. The Public Services Building, Portland, OR. (1980–3), and the Humana Tower, Louisville, KY. (1982–6), are celebrated examples of his work. Other buildings by him include the Environmental Education Center, Liberty State Park, Jersey City, NJ (1981–3), the Graves Residence, Princeton, NJ (1986–93), the Detroit Institute of Arts, MI (1990), the Team Disney Building, Burbank, CA (1985–91—with Snow White dwarfs standing in for atlantes in the Attic storey), the Mega Corporation, Sony Building, Tokyo (1991), and the Federal Court House, Trenton, NJ (1992).

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Subjects: Art — Architecture.

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