The files of John Lautner, Ray Kappe and Pierre Koenig are going to a temperature-controlled home at the Getty, according to Janet Eastman‘s article in the LA Times.
This beefs up the Getty’s architectural collection considerably since it lagged behind other cultural institutions until a little gift from Julius Shulman gave it some serious clout:
The centerpiece of the Getty’s Modernist collection arrived in 2005: photographer Julius Shulman’s archive consisting of 260,000 contact prints, negatives, transparencies and other images of more than 7,000 projects by Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, Schindler, Charles Eames, Koenig and Lautner.
“Once Shulman arrived, people contacted us and we contacted them,” says De Wit.
Eastman also points out how tricky it is to get other architects to donate their works to posterity:
Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas turned down $1.3 million last year from the Netherlands Architecture Institute to wait for a better offer. And star architects such as Zaha Hadid have sold individual drawings on the art market as if they were by David Hockney.
Because it wouldn’t be the weekend without one final pick-on-the-starchitect-fest by the LA Times.