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Michael Graves Dies

Posmodern Irony


Michael Graves, a leading exponent of postmodernity and also one of its last followers, passed away in Princeton at the age of 80. Born in Indianapolis, Graves became famous as one of the influential New York Five, with Peter Eisenman, John Hejduk, Richard Meier, and Charles Gwathmey, and this was the platform from which he made his big leap to postmodernism. A hugely successful architect in the 1970s and 1980s (he raised 350 buildings in the course of his meteoric career), Graves developed an architectural language of classicist references, halfway between irony and kitch, and combined this work with an even more successful devotion to industrial design, besides teaching.

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