Beside simply taking special care of the modern masterpiece that is Philip Johnson‘s Glass House, the organization running the facility, an arm of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, has done an excellent job in moving beyond the house alone. In addition to this summer’s launch of a monthly series of lectures by a veritable who’s-who in design and architecture, as well as a number of restoration efforts (this work on Donald’s Judd’s Untitled from 1971 is particularly great), the organization has just recently released this brief but illuminating biography on the other original inhabitant of the house, the curator, editor and long-time partner of Philip Johnson’s, David Whitney. Written by Glass House curator and collections manager, Irene Shum Allen, it’s a great look at the life of an art world insider who remained deeply private, and who helped transform the Glass House into the marvel it became. And beyond this great short biography, we’ve learned from the National Trust that a documentary about Whitney, who passed away in 2005, is currently in the works.
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