Update on Frank Gehry’s Venice Showing and Why the UK Doesn’t Dig Him


Yesterday, after hearing from our friend Kristen Richards over at ArchNewsNow that many of the wire services had the news wrong about when exactly Frank Gehry would be receiving his Venice Biennial lifetime achievement award (it was a mix between this year and next year, and the initial press release was even pretty vague), we finally figured out that it is in fact this year that the starchitect will be honored and we’ve since updated our original post to reflect as such. But staying on Gehry for a while, we turn to a piece that Kristen was also kind enough to pass along, this one from the Guardian with Jonathan Glancey talking about why the UK is so afraid of having Frank Gehry doing any work in their country, his Serpentine Pavilion being the first project he’s been awarded there. It’s a pretty funny piece, with Frank speculating why the English don’t like him and Glancey helping to egg him on just a bit (along with giving a lot of biographical information on an already very well-known figure — at least well-known to people like us). Here’s a bit:

The odd thing is that the Serpentine Pavilion is Gehry’s first English venture. “Probably the last, too,” he says. “I don’t think England likes me. The critics don’t, that’s for sure. I reckon I’ve got a couple of years in me, but I don’t count on making a career in England.”