michael graves postmodern architect

In Memoriam: Prolific Architect & Designer Michael Graves (1934–2015)

March 16, 2015

Lot 305, Michael Graves, Teapot, Designed 2000

Michael Graves, one of the most prominent American architects of the latter 20th century, and also a prolific designer, passed away on March 12th, at the age of 80. Through his high profile projects such as the Humana Corporation healthcare headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky; the Portland Building in Oregon; and the Denver Central Library; Graves established himself as the nation’s leading exponent of postmodernism. His designs wedded sleek modernist lines to brightly colored materials with classical architectural references, and the the occasional touch of playfulness. A notable feature of his Team Disney Building in Burbank are caryatid-style supports shaped as the Seven Dwarfs.

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