Ezra Stoller was born in Chicago in 1915, grew up in New York and graduated from New York University in 1938 with a BFA in industrial design. As a student, he began photographing buildings, models and sculpture. In 1940-1941, Stoller worked with the photographer Paul Strand in the Office of Emergency Management; he was drafted in 1942 and worked as a photographer at the Army Signal Corps Photo Center. He died in Williamstown, Massachusetts, in 2004.
During his long career as an architectural photographer, Stoller worked closely with many of the period’s leading architects, including: Frank Lloyd Wright, Paul Rudolph, Marcel Breuer, I.M. Pei, Gordon Bunshaft, Eero Saarinen, Richard Meier and Mies van der Rohe, among others. Many modern buildings are known and remembered by the images Stoller created. He was uniquely able to visualize the formal and spatial aspirations of modernist architecture. The first time the American Institute of Architects awarded a medal for architectural photography, in 1960, it was given to Ezra Stoller.
Ezra Stoller’s photographs are published in countless books and magazines. The monograph Modern Architecture: Photographs by Ezra Stoller was published by Harry N. Abrams in 1990 and reissued in 1997. Beginning in 1999, Princeton Architectural Press issued the Building Blocks series, 10 books on Stoller’s work.
Ezra Stoller received an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute in 1998. He died in Williamstown, Massachusetts, in 2004.
Stoller’s work is in the collections of numerous museums, including the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the High Art Museum, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Solo Exhibitions: Max Protetch Gallery, New York, 1980; James Danziger Gallery, New York, 1998; James Danziger Gallery, New York. 1999; Rolf Ricke; Gallery, Cologne, 2000; Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery, New York, 2001; Henry Urbach; Architecture Gallery, New York, 2002; Henry Urbach Architecture Gallery, New York, 2004; Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown MA, 2004; Danziger Projects, Summer 2007.
Group Exhibitions include: Canadian Center for Architecture; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Honorary Doctorate: Pratt Institute, 1998.
Publications: Modern Architecture: Photographs by Ezra Stoller, Harry N Abrams, 1990; “Building Blocks” Series, Princeton Architectural Press, 1999 and 2000; Chapel at Ronchamp; Frank Lloyd Wrightâ’s Fallingwater; The Salk Institute; The Seagram Building; Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West; The TWA Terminal; The United Nations; The Whitney Museum; The Yale Art + Architecture Building.
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A Group Exhibition In Association with Penguin Books
03.12.10 – 19.12.10 Never judge a book by the cover.
The age old proverb is easier said than done, when choosing a read who can’t be swayed by good cover art, the cover after all has the job of explaining thousands of words in an instant. Think of the classic covers that grace the jackets of thousands of books and the names of the truly great artists that have put their artwork to novels, creating iconic classic covers for these classic books, but is the book cover dying? With the advent of the iPad it’s now questionable how long the printed novel and its cover will be around, just like the album cover, it’ll be resigned to a thumbnail in iTunes.
The broad and varied spectrum of artists were inviting to paint, print, etch, sculpt, photograph, whatever their medium, whatever their style… create a book cover for a novel of their choice, a book that has inspired them, a book that has had a profound impact on them or a book that they remember fondly as a child… all that we asked was that they create their original artwork to the traditional format and size of a Penguin book 198mm (h) x 129mm (w).
For this exhibition ‘Never Judge?’ we will be exhibiting these artworks and fill the gallery with original book covers from our favourite artists from around the world. As well as originals we will be producing limited edition prints of a selection of the artwork. The show promises to be a visual feast and working in conjunction with Penguin and their upcoming Penguin Essentials project the show will be a guaranteed block buster.
Featured Artists: Alex Fakso, Alexander Korzer Robinson, Alex Trochut, All City Media, Anders Nilsen, Andrew Council, Angela Lizon, Anthony Lister, Arth Daniels, Blek Le Rat, Brad Downey, Brian Cairns, Buff Monster, C215, Chris Stain, Chistopher Silas Neal, CUM, Curtis Kulig, Cyclops, DEM, D*FACE, David Bray, David Gentleman, Dave Kinsey, David Walker, Dominique Holmes, Eelus, EINE, Elsa Mora, EMA, Evan Hecox, Faris Badwan, Filthy Luker, Gabriel Dubois, Gary Taxali, Gerald Laing, Graham Dolphin, gray318, Hanna Melin, Hellovon, Ian Stevenson, James Alexander Burbidge, James Mylne, Jaybo, Jeff Antebi, Jeff Fisher, Jim Houser, Jonathan Darby, Jon Burgerman, John Pound, John Slade, Julie Verhoeven, Kai & Sunny, Kate Gibb, Kathryn Macnaughton, Kid Acne, Kristian Hammerstad, KRSN, Mark Dean Veca, Mark Herald, Marta Cerda, Matt Eco, Matt Small, Methane Studios, Michael De Feo, Mike Stilkey, Mr Jago, Mysterious Al, Mudwig, Parra, Pete Fowler, Rico, Ripo, ROA, Ronzo, Roxanne Jackson, Rul/Vomitorium, Russell Maurice, Russ Mills, Ryan Bubnis, Sam Flores, SAN, Shepard Fairey, Sickboy, Skull Phone, Steff Plaetz, TAB, Tara McPherson, The London Police, Tim Bessell, Tom J Newell, Toshikazu Nozaka, Tristan Eaton, Usugrow, Viktor Vauthier, Vinnie Nylon, Will Barras, WK Interact, Word To Mother & Zosen.
Leonard and Sheldon are brilliant physicists, the kind of “beautiful minds” that understand how the universe works. But none of that genius helps them interact with people, especially women. All this begins to change when a free-spirited beauty named Penny moves in next door. Sheldon, Leonard’s roommate, is quite content spending his nights playing Klingon Boggle with their socially dysfunctional friends, fellow CalTech scientists Wolowitz and Koothrappali. However, Leonard sees in Penny a whole new universe of possibilities, including love. [CBS]