FRANK GEHRY is one of the two recipient of VAEA’s Paez Medal of Art 2020

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June 13th 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
A message from
The Venezuelan American Endowment for the Arts
Ali Cordero Casal
Chairman
The Venezuelan American Endowment for the Arts
& the Board of Directors
Today we celebrate VAEA’s 30th anniversary and the 230th  birth anniversary of  José Antonio Páez  with this important announcement.

FRANK GEHRY

Frank Gehry by Alexandra Cabri

About Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry was born in 1929 in Toronto, Canada. His family moved to Los Angeles in 1947, where at age 18 he began his architecture studies, obtaining a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California in 1954.

Upon graduation, he enlisted in the US Army, and with the help of the GI Bill program, studied Urban Planning at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design until 1957. Since then, Gehry has pursued an architectural career that has spanned more than six decades. The distinctive characteristics of Mr. Gehry’s work stem from his exploration of the expressive possibilities of sculptural forms of architecture, linked to the concern with the functioning and articulation of the spaces created, insisting that his buildings confront the context and culturally enrich the site.

Mr. Gehry’s contribution to the field of architecture has earned him significant honors and honorary doctorates from his country and internationally, such as Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1987); elected member of the National Academy of Design (1988); Gold Medal of the Royal Institute of Architecture of Canada (1998); Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects AIA (1999); the Pritzker Architecture Prize (1989); the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize of the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1977), the Wolf Foundation Prize for Art (Architecture) (1992), he was the first recipient of the Friedrich Kiesler Prize (1998), and the Golden Lion Lifetime Achievement Award 2008 at the Venice Biennale and the Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts in 2014. Among the honorary doctorates, he was distinguished by the University of Toronto (1998); Yale University (2000); Princeton University (2013); the University of Technology of Sydney (2015), and in 2017 that of the University of Oxford.

Mr. Gehry’s contributions to the arts have been recognized with the 1992 Praemium Imperiale Award from the Japan Art Association for “honoring outstanding contributions to the development, popularization, and progress of the arts.” He received the Cooper Union Prize for the Advancement of Science and Art (2010) and the Getty Prize 2015 for his contributions and support to the arts.

The governments of Canada and France have honored him by appointing him in 2003, as Companion to the Order of Canada, in 2006 Knight (Chevalier) and in 2014, Commander of the National Order of the Legion of Honor. In 2003, he was inducted into the European Academy of Sciences and Arts by the European Union, and in 2006, the Governor of California honored him as one of the first to be inducted into the California Hall of Fame. In 2016, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom from the President of the United States, Barack Obama.

Throughout his career, Mr. Gehry has been committed to philanthropic work both locally and internationally. In Los Angeles, he participates in pro bono design projects, including the headquarters of Children’s Institute Inc. as well as a new center for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Youth Orchestra in Inglewood. For the past few years, Mr. Gehry has also been working with the nonprofit organization River LA to coordinate policy and develop a master plan that will revitalize 51 miles of the Los Angeles River, creating an open park space that supports the biodiversity of the region, implementing the infrastructure that connects the neighborhoods and increase access to recreational and cultural programming in the communities. As part of his extensive outreach and public participation during the master plan design process, Mr. Gehry has personally met with principals from various schools that span the length of the river and has since made plans to include ten of these schools into Turnaround Arts California, a program he has co-founded, in association with the National Endowment for the Arts, which strives to build arts education in all schools. Internationally, Mr. Gehry contributed to the design of the Pierre Boulez Concert Hall in Berlin, a performance space for the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, a youth orchestra that unites musicians with diverse backgrounds from across the Middle East. He is also a founding member of the Hereditary Diseases Foundation, which funds innovative research to cure Huntington’s disease.

Mr. Gehry’s notable architectural projects include Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain; Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Nationale-Nederlanden Building in Prague, Czech Republic; the DZ Bank Building in Berlin, Germany; Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York; Maggie’s Center, a center for cancer patients in Dundee, Scotland; Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California; Jay Pritzker Pavilion and BP Bridge at Millennium Park in Chicago, Illinois; Marqués de Riscal Hotel in El Ciego, Spain; Ontario Art Gallery in Toronto, Ontario; Peter B. Lewis Science Library in Princeton, New Jersey; Lou Ruvo Brain Institute in Las Vegas, Nevada; New Campus for New World Symphony in Miami, Florida; Eight Spruce Street Residential Tower in New York City; Opus Residential Tower in Hong Kong; Signature Theater in New York City; House for the Make it Right Foundation in New Orleans, Louisiana; Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris, France; Biomuseo in Panama City, Panama; the Dr. Chau Chak building for the Sydney University of Technology, Australia; the West Campus for Facebook in Menlo Park, California; the Boulez Hall in Berlin, Germany; and the Louis Vuitton flagship store in Seoul, South Korea.

Current projects include the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates; King Street Development in Toronto, Ontario; 8150 Sunset in Los Angeles, California; the Ocean Avenue Project in Santa Monica, California; the World Jewish Museum in Tel Aviv, Israel; the Los Angeles River Revitalization Project in Los Angeles, California, and single-family residential projects in Atherton and Los Angeles, California, and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Projects under construction include the LUMA / Parc des Ateliers in Arles, France; Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; the Facebook Campus in Menlo Park, California; the Grand Avenue Project in Los Angeles, California; a new center for the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra (YOLA) in Inglewood, California; the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial in Washington D.C .; The Maison LVMH – Art, Talents, Heritage in Paris, France, and the development of the Battersea Power Station in London, England.

His work has been exhibited in numerous museums and galleries, such as  Leo Castelli Gallery – 1983,  Walker Art Center -1986, MoMA – 1988,  Whitney Museum of American Art – 1988, Guggenheim Museum, NY – 2001, Center Pompidou – 2014, Los Angeles County Museum of Art LACMA – 2015 and  21_21 Design Sight Museum, Tokyo – 2015, among others.

Gehry has been a professor of Architecture at the University of Southern California and, in addition to his position at USC, Gehry has held teaching positions at Harvard University, the University of California at Los Angeles, the University of Toronto, Columbia University, the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, and at Yale University.

About Alcock and Gehry

This year VAEA is honoring with the 2020 Paez Medal for the Arts two prestigious architects recognized worldwide: Walter James Alcock and Frank Gehry.

They, as sensitive and talented artists, have used architecture as their means of expression. Both are and will be recognized as excellent creators of remarkable works of unquestionable beauty and technological contributions, icons of their time. Let’s honor who honor deserves.

Sobre Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry nació en 1929 en Toronto, Canadá. Su familia se mudó a Los Ángeles en 1947, donde a los 18 años comenzó sus estudios de arquitectura, obteniendo una licenciatura de la Universidad del Sur de California en 1954.

Al graduarse, se alistó en el Ejército de los EE. UU. Y, con la ayuda del programa GI Bill, estudió Planificación Urbana en la Escuela de Diseño de la Universidad de Harvard hasta 1957. Desde entonces, Gehry ha desarrollado una carrera arquitectónica que ha abarcado más de seis décadas. Las características distintivas del trabajo del Sr. Gehry provienen de su exploración de las posibilidades expresivas de las formas escultóricas de la arquitectura, vinculadas a la preocupación por el funcionamiento y la articulación de los espacios creados, insistiendo en que sus edificios confronten el contexto y enriquezcan culturalmente el sitio.

La contribución del Sr. Gehry al campo de la arquitectura le ha valido importantes honores y doctorados honorarios de su país e internacionalmente, como Miembro de la Academia Americana de las Artes y las Letras (1987); miembro electo de la Academia Nacional de Diseño (1988); Medalla de oro del Instituto  Real de Arquitectura de Canadá (1998); Medalla de oro del Instituto Americano de Arquitectos AIA (1999); Premio de Arquitectura Pritzker (1989); el Premio Arnold W. Brunner Memorial de la Academia Estadounidense de las Artes y las Letras (1977), el Premio Wolf de Arte (Arquitectura) (1992), fue el primer ganador del Premio Friedrich Kiesler (1998) y el León de Oro Lifetime Achievement Award 2008 en la Bienal de Venecia y el Premio Príncipe de Asturias de las Artes en 2014. Entre los doctorados honorarios, fue distinguido por la Universidad de Toronto (1998); Universidad de Yale (2000); Universidad de Princeton (2013); Universidad de Tecnología de Sydney (2015), y en 2017 la de la Universidad de Oxford.

Las contribuciones del Sr. Gehry a las artes han sido reconocidas con el Premio Praemium Imperiale de 1992 de la Asociación de Arte de Japón por “honrar las contribuciones sobresalientes al desarrollo, la popularización y el progreso de las artes”. Recibió el Premio Cooper Union para el Avance de la Ciencia y el Arte (2010) y el Premio Getty 2015 por sus contribuciones y apoyo a las artes.

Los gobiernos de Canadá y Francia lo han honrado al nombrarlo en 2003, como Compañero de la Orden de Canadá, en 2006 Knight (Chevalier) y en 2014, Comandante de la Orden Nacional de la Legión de Honor. En 2003, fue incluido en la Academia Europea de Ciencias y Artes por la Unión Europea, y en 2006, el Gobernador de California lo honró como uno de los primeros en ingresar al Salón de la Fama de California. En 2016, el presidente de los Estados Unidos, Barack Obama, le otorgó la Medalla Presidencial de la Libertad.

A lo largo de su carrera, el Sr. Gehry se ha comprometido con el trabajo filantrópico tanto a nivel local como internacional. En Los Ángeles, participa en proyectos de diseño pro bono, incluida la sede de Children’s Institute Inc., así como un nuevo centro para la Orquesta Filarmónica Juvenil de Los Ángeles en Inglewood. Durante los últimos años, el Sr. Gehry también ha estado trabajando con la organización sin fines de lucro River LA para coordinar políticas y desarrollar un plan maestro que revitalizará 51 millas del río Los Ángeles, creando un espacio de parque abierto que respalde la biodiversidad de la región, implementando la infraestructura que conecta los vecindarios y aumenta el acceso a la programación recreativa y cultural en las comunidades. Como parte de su gran alcance y participación pública durante el proceso de diseño del plan maestro, el Sr. Gehry se ha reunido personalmente con directores de varias escuelas que se encuentran a lo largo de todo el río y desde entonces ha planeado incluir diez de estas escuelas en Turnaround Arts California, un programa que él cofundó, en asociación con National Endowment for the Arts, que se esfuerza por desarrollar la educación artística en todas las escuelas. A nivel internacional, el Sr. Gehry contribuyó al diseño de la Sala de Conciertos Pierre Boulez en Berlín, un espacio de actuación para la Orquesta West-Eastern Divan, una orquesta juvenil que une a músicos con diversos orígenes de todo el Medio Oriente. También es miembro fundador de la Fundación de Enfermedades Hereditarias, que financia investigaciones innovadoras para curar la enfermedad de Huntington.

Los proyectos arquitectónicos notables del Sr. Gehry incluyen el Museo Guggenheim en Bilbao, España; Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum en la Universidad de Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Edificio Nationale-Nederlanden en Praga, República Checa; el DZ Bank Building en Berlín, Alemania; Centro Richard B. Fisher para las Artes Escénicas en Bard College en Annandale-on-Hudson, Nueva York; Maggie’s Center, un centro para pacientes con cáncer en Dundee, Escocia; Walt Disney Concert Hall en Los Ángeles, California; Jay Pritzker Pavilion y BP Bridge en Millennium Park en Chicago, Illinois; Hotel Marqués de Riscal en El Ciego, España; Ontario Art Gallery en Toronto, Ontario; Biblioteca de Ciencias Peter B. Lewis en Princeton, Nueva Jersey; Lou Ruvo Brain Institute en Las Vegas, Nevada; Nuevo campus para New World Symphony en Miami, Florida; Torre residencial de ocho calles Spruce en la ciudad de Nueva York; Torre Residencial Opus en Hong Kong; Signature Theatre en la ciudad de Nueva York; Casa para la Fundación Make it Right en Nueva Orleans, Louisiana; Fundación Louis Vuitton en París, Francia; Biomuseo en la ciudad de Panamá, Panamá; el edificio del Dr. Chau Chak para la Universidad Tecnológica de Sydney, Australia; West Campus para Facebook en Menlo Park, California; el Salón Boulez en Berlín, Alemania; y la tienda insignia Louis Vuitton en Seúl, Corea del Sur.

Los proyectos actuales incluyen el Guggenheim Abu Dhabi en los Emiratos Árabes Unidos; King Street Development en Toronto, Ontario; 8150 Puesta de sol en Los Ángeles, California; el Proyecto Ocean Avenue en Santa Mónica, California; el Museo Judío Mundial en Tel Aviv, Israel; el Proyecto de revitalización del río Los Ángeles en Los Ángeles, California, y proyectos residenciales unifamiliares en Atherton y Los Ángeles, California, y Cabo San Lucas, México.

Los proyectos en construcción incluyen el LUMA / Parc des Ateliers en Arles, Francia; Museo de Arte de Filadelfia en Filadelfia, Pensilvania; el campus de Facebook en Menlo Park, California; el Proyecto Grand Avenue en Los Ángeles, California; un nuevo centro para la Orquesta Juvenil de Los Ángeles (YOLA) en Inglewood, California; el Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial en Washington D.C .; La Maison LVMH – Arte, talentos, patrimonio en París, Francia, y el desarrollo de la central eléctrica de Battersea en Londres, Inglaterra.

Su obra ha sido expuesta en numerosos museos y galerías, como la Galería Leo Castelli – 1983, Walker Art Center -1986, MoMA – 1988, Whitney Museum of American Art – 1988, Guggenheim Museum, NY – 2001, Centre Pompidou – 2014, Los Museo de Arte del Condado de Ángeles LACMA – 2015 y 21_21 Design Sight Museum, Tokio – 2015, entre otros.

Gehry ha sido profesor de Arquitectura en la Universidad del Sur de California y, además de su puesto en la USC, Gehry ha ocupado puestos docentes en la Universidad de Harvard, la Universidad de California en Los Ángeles, la Universidad de Toronto, la Universidad de Columbia, el Federal Instituto de Tecnología en Zurich y en la Universidad de Yale.

Sobre Alcock y Gehry

Este año, VAEA honra con la Medalla Paez 2020 para las Artes a dos prestigiosos arquitectos reconocidos en todo el mundo: Walter James Alcock y Frank Gehry.

Ellos, como artistas sensibles y talentosos, han utilizado la arquitectura como medio de expresión. Ambos son y serán reconocidos como excelentes creadores de obras notables de indudable belleza y contribuciones tecnológicas, íconos de su tiempo. Honremos a quien honor merece.

Texts by:

Henrique Vera
Architectural Design Professor
Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism UCV
Betty Richards (VAEA)
Professor – Research Methodology
References taken from content written by José Luis Colmenares, Alejandro Ramírez Morón @aleramirezve and journalist Karina Lyn.

About the Páez Medal

The Páez Medal of Art is awarded once a year to an individual or group that has had an impact and contributed to the excellence, growth, support and proliferation of the arts in Venezuela and the United States; Previous recipients include: Margot Benacerraf in 2019,  Julian Schnabel in 2019, Gustavo Dudamel in 2018, Bob Colacello in 2017, Marisol Escobar in 2016; Annie Leibovitz in 2015; Sofía Imber in 2014, Robert Wilson in 2013 and Carlos Cruz-Diez in 2012.

Press information available in Spanish & English by request at contact@vaearts.org

About VAEA

The Venezuelan American Endowment for the Arts (VAEA) is a New York based 501 (c)3 public charity, founded on June 13, 1990  with the mission of promoting the best of Venezuelan and American cultures through bi-national cultural and social programs.
For additional information visit vaearts.org

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Ali Cordero Casal, Chairman, alicorderocasal@vaearts.org

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