Edward Durell Stone - Modernism's Populist Architect

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But Stone also drew divergent reactions. Such International Style buildings as his Museum of Modern Art (1935-39) in New York City, an austere, unornamented volume, won critical approval; in contrast, his monumental postwar architecture--the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (1958-71) in Washington, DC, among the best known--exposed popular tastes by offering a broader definition of Modernism inclusive of decoration.

Enhanced interest in Stone's architecture has been spurred by the reconsideration of a number of his buildings. The former Gallery of Modern Art (1958-64) at 2 Columbus Circle in New York City, which was lost to a near complete makeover, stimulated vigorous and at times contentious discussion that made evident the need for an objective reassessment. His legacy--of giving form to the aspirations of the emerging consumer culture and of reconciling Modernism with the dynamism of the age--is established in Edward Durell Stone: Modernism's Populist Architect.
Publication Date: 
November 26, 2012