Philip Johnson, Diary of An Eccentric Architect
USA, 1996, 56 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Art, Documentary
Philip Johnson, the world famous architect who died in 2005, was always on the forefront of stylistic change, and his property in New Canaan, Connecticut, is a kind of laboratory where Johnson is his own best client. It was there that he built his famous "Glass House" he still resides in. This building has no walls; (the landscape became "expensive wallpaper") an accompanying guest house, by contrast, has no windows, though it is light and sensuous inside. We visit these, as well as the gallery which houses Johnson's extensive collection of contemporary art on its revolving walls. The video depicts Johnson at work and the importance of the architectural act, the actual construction, and how the buildings interact with their environment, in this case the autumn leaves or snow of New Canaan.
DIRECTOR: Barbara Wolf