Thursday, May 7, 2009

High to Present Exhibition on Work and Design Process of Atlanta Architect John Portman

“John Portman: Art & Architecture” October 17, 2009 through January 3, 2010

The High Museum of Art will be the sole venue for “John Portman: Art & Architecture,” an exhibition featuring architectural projects, furniture, paintings, and sculpture by Atlanta-based architect and artist John Portman. The fifteen completed and current architectural projects that will be featured span five decades of national and international developments, including the Hyatt Regency Atlanta (1967) that is globally renowned as the first modern atrium hotel. The projects will be presented with large-scale photographs, design plans, elevations, text, articles, and in some cases, architectural models. The exhibition will also feature furniture, paintings and sculpture by Portman—most never before publicly exhibited.

“John Portman: Art & Architecture” is organized by the High Museum of Art, and is curated by Jeffrey Grove, the High’s Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. The exhibition will be accompanied by a full-color catalogue with a major essay by Paul Goldberger, noted historian and Architecture Critic for The New Yorker since 1997. The catalogue will be distributed by the University of Georgia Press and includes a Preface by Grove and contributions from other writers. “John Portman: Art & Architecture” will be on view in the Anne Cox Chambers Wing of the High from October 17, 2009 through January 3, 2010.

“John Portman has not only radically altered the skyline of his home city, Atlanta, but cities throughout the world,” stated Jeffrey Grove, the High’s Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. “His reconsideration of how architecture should function and the experience it should offer visitors completely changed the industry. Early in his career, Portman understood that to realize his vision completely, he must add “Developer” to his role as Architect. All these themes will be addressed in the exhibition.”

“Art and Architecture” will highlight fifteen of John Portman & Associates projects. Atlanta and other U.S.-based projects include: Entelechy I, his Atlanta home, 1964; Atlanta Hyatt Regency Hotel, 1967; Peachtree Center, Atlanta, 1976; The Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel, Atlanta, 1976; Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel, Atlanta, 1985; SunTrust Plaza, Atlanta, 1993; Entelechy II, his Sea Island, Georgia home, 1986; The Embarcadero Center and Hyatt Regency, San Francisco, CA, 1971-1988; Renaissance Center, Detroit, Michigan, 1976; and The Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles, California, 1977.

International projects will include: Marina Square, Singapore, 1987; a proposal for Il Porto Vecchio, Genoa, Italy, 1988; Tomorrow Square, Shanghai, China, 2003; Beijing Yintai Centre, Beijing, China, 2008; and current projects including Jin Hongqiao International Center, Shanghai, China; Zhe Jiang Fortune Finance Center, Hangzhou, China; Wenzhou Zhixin Plaza, Wenzhou, China; Songdo Landmark City Master Plan, Incheon, Korea; and the Incheon 151 Tower at Songdo Landmark City, Incheon, Korea.
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