Like an avenging angel invading the capital of high culture, Pablo Picasso came to Paris to confront the establishment and write himself across the face of modernity. He viewed art as a way of recreating himself, and invented -- only to later shed -- any number of artistic styles.
The young Picas
A child of Modernism, Ettore Sottsass elevated the structures of design to new intellectual and philosophical levels. After receiving an architectural degree from the Polytechnic in Turin, Sottsass opened his own design studio, where he dabbled in furniture, sculptural projects, and the fine and appl
The Dutch architect Aldo van Eyck, a member of the loosely associated Team X, was deeply concerned with the spiritual vacuity of most modern architecture. Dismayed at Rotterdam's development since World War II, van Eyck was convinced that such industrial designs caused alienation and psychological di
With more than 600 executed buildings to his credit, Frank Lloyd Wright is regarded by many as the greatest architect of the twentieth century. In 1900, he began designing his celebrated and unprecedented prairie houses, which include the Robie House in Chicago (1909) and the Coonley House (1908) in