Thursday, October 04, 2007

Remembering Muschamp: Part 2

Another excellent Muschamp obit. - from The Architect's Newspaper:

Herbert's contribution to architectural criticism has not been fully measured. His opinions were often hyperbolic; his prose outrageous; the path of his thinking inimitably complex. Unforgettable samplers would have to include his comparing Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao to the "reincarnation of Marilyn Monroe."

Herbert was also maddening; he drove his editors and his friends up the wall only to charm them back down again with twinkling wit and an open generosity that could almost prepare one for the next onslaught.

...he had no favorites; he only championed what was interesting. And what was interesting to him was anything that was compelling and vital and personal. was Herbert himself who wanted to cure the world of unthinking, unengaging architecture and fill it instead with places that would welcome even someone as critical but hopeful as himself.

[Bolded items are my own accent for traits I strongly admire.]

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