Going Back To The Same Place

Dream House: An Intimate Portrait of the Philip Johnson Glass Home reveals how this superficially nonrepresentational bodily construction encodes elements of its architect’s aspirations, motivations, and conflicts-how it acts as a veritable self-portrait of his inside world. An envious, vulnerable man emerges from this intimate synthesis. Fearing he lacked talent or genius and possessing a character liable to fragmentation, Johnson perpetually searched for a dominating mentor or type to bolster his sense of self and assist organize his chaotic inside world, whereas concealing the forbidden sense of greatness with which he justified his desire for power and affect. Tutter’s evaluation reconciles the contradictory forces in a person who was each a one-time advocate of Hitler and a humanist gay, a dogmatic modernist and an errant postmodernist.By its rigorous, radical reappraisal of the Glass Home, this e book paints a recent and psychologically revealing portrait of the person who built it.… Read more