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Glenn Murcutt

1999

National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery

Glenn Murcutt AO (b.1936), architect, received the world's highest architectural honour when he was awarded the Pritzker Prize in April 2002, joining a register of famous international figures such as Frank O. Gehry, Philip Johnson and IM Pei. Murcutt is unusual in this list in that he works alone, mostly on residential homes; he has never made a skyscraper or a tourist attraction; and he uses mostly basic materials. He uses shades, louvres, fully opening walls and carefully planned ventilation to enable his buildings to respond instantly to changing conditions and requirements. Murcutt’s overriding design philosophy is that dwellings should 'touch the earth lightly'. He says he was taught to respect and love nature, and create buildings that are ‘quiet’. There are several books about his work, including Leaves of Iron (1991) and Touch This Earth Lightly (2000) by Philip Drew, ‘Glenn Murcutt – 1980 – 2012 – Feathers of Metal’ (2012) by El Croquis.
Denis Montalbetti and Gay Campbell are visual artists that harness the full potential of technology in order to create unique and interesting images. The National Portrait Gallery has a number of photographs by the duo, and these formed the basis for the 1999 exhibition ‘Glossy’.

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