Phillip Johnson – A Quote Form The Architect

A quote from Phillip Johnson

“The painters have every advantage over us today … Besides being able to tear up their failures – we never can seem to grown ivy fast enough – their materials cost them nothing. They have no committees of laymen telling them what to do. They have no deadlines, no budgets. We are all sickeningly familiar with the final cuts to our plans at the last moment. Why not take out the landscaping, the retaining walls, the colonnades? The building would be just as useful and much cheaper. True, an architect leads a hard life – for an artist.”Phillip Johnson quoted in Architects of Architecture: New Directions in America by Paul Heyer, p279.