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Name:  Franz Schulze  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;


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Schulze grew up in Pekin and Chicago, Illinois. He attended Lane Technical High School, the University of Chicago and Chicago's Art Institute School. Schulze went on to teach at Lake Forest College and now holds Emeritus status.

Biographical and Professional Information

Franz Schulze is a professor, author and artist.After attending Lane Technical High School, Schulze attended Robert M. Hutchins' University of Chicago, graduating in 1945. From there, he went on to graduate from the Art Institute of with his B.F.A. and M.F.A. After two years teaching at Purdue University, Schulze taught at Lake Forest Collegefull-time from 1952 through 1991. He now holds emeritus status as the Betty Jane Hollender Professor of Art. After attaining emeritus status, he continued to teach courses occasionally and participate in some classes.As an artist, Shulze worked on canvas and with charcoal. He began writing art criticism for New York periodicals in 1958 and continued this work into the 2000s. He also served as art critic for the ''Chicago Daily News'' until it was absorbed into the ''Chicago Sun-times'' in 1978, after which he wrote for that paper. He has written several books and has contributed chapters, introductions and forewords to many others. Schulze continues to spend his days hard at work in his campus office and frequenting the library, when not traveling.

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Art, architecture, and civilization: An overhead transparency program

Scott, Foresman. 1968

Fantastic Images; Chicago Art since 1945
ISBN: B0006D072C

Follett Publishing Company. 1972

Publisher: Follett Publishing
Date of Publication: 1972
Binding: hardcover
Edition: First Edition
Condition: Good/no dust Jacket
Description: 8vo - over 7ľ" - 9ľ" tall Signed by Author Collectible & Signed Copyright date 1972, black cloth over boards with silver lettering and design on the spine. Signed by the Author. No tears bent pages nor any writing. No Dust Jacket. Shelfwear to the edges and to the head and the told the spine are minor. Illustrated throughout. Text is clean and bright with a tight binding a solid book.<

Mies van der Rohe: A Critical Biography
ISBN: 0226740609

University Of Chicago Press. 1995

Mies van der Rohe: A Critical Biography is a major rewriting and expansion of Franz Schulze’s acclaimed 1985 biography, the first full treatment of the master German-American modern architect. Coauthored with architect Edward Windhorst, this revised edition, three times the length of the original text, features extensive new research and commentary and draws on the best recent work of American and German scholars. The authors’ major new discoveries include the massive transcript of the early-1950s Farnsworth House court case, which discloses for the first time the facts about Mies’s epic battle with his client Edith Farnsworth. Giving voice to dozens of architects who knew and worked with (and sometimes against) Mies, this comprehensive biography tells the compelling story of how Mies and his students and followers created some of the most significant buildings of the twentieth century.

“Franz Schulze’s 1985 biography of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe has always been acknowledged as the most comprehensive and thoughtful biography of one of the key figures in twentieth-century architecture. This revised edition with significant new scholarship by its two authors will undoubtedly come to occupy the same position.”—Dietrich Neumann, Brown University

Philip Johnson: Life and Work
ISBN: 0226740587

University of Chicago Press. 1996

In this critically acclaimed biography, Franz Schulze probes the private and professional life of one of the most famous architects and architectural critics of the twentieth century.

The only child of a wealthy Midwestern family, Philip Johnson was a millionaire by the time he graduated from Harvard, and in 1932 he helped stage the historic International Style exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art. A patron of the arts and a political activists who flirted with the politics of Hitler, Huey Long, and Father Coughlin, he went on to create controversial and historical structures such as the Glass House, the Roofless Church, the AT & T Building, the Crystal Cathedral, and many more. Johnson's personal charms paired with his manipulative ploys—like his "borrowing" of designs—shine through in this biography.

Drawing on Johnson's correspondence, personal photographs, and speeches, and on interviews with his friends and contemporaries, Schulze fills the biography with fascinating information on the architect's family, travels, friends and lovers, and his many buildings and spaces themselves.

Franz Schulze is a professor of art at Lake Forest College. He is the author of Fantastic Images: Chicago Art since 1945, One Hundred Years of Chicago Architecture, and Mies van der Rohe: A Critical Biography.

Thirty Miles North: A History of Lake Forest College, Its Town, and Its City of Chicago
ISBN: 0963818961

Lake Forest College. 2000

30 Miles North chronicles the social, political, and intellectual development of Lake Forest College, a liberal arts college located north of Chicago, from 1855 to the present. It examines the establishment and growth of the town of Lake Forest and the city of Chicago and their influence on the College. The book also includes a discussion of collegiate life including athletics, campus and local architecture, and landscaping.

The Country Houses of David Adler
ISBN: 039373045X

W. W. Norton & Company. 2001

The first comprehensive study of one of America's great house architects.

The Country Houses of David Adler (1882-1949) discusses in depth fifteen representative houses (many with interiors by Adler's sister, the noted interior designer Frances Elkins), illustrated with fine archival photographs and newly drawn plans. In addition, the full scope of Adler's work is documented in an illustrated catalogue raisonné. Photographs and plans

Building a Masterpiece: Milwaukee Art Museum
ISBN: 1555952011

Hudson Hills. 2001

This spectacular volume celebrates the reopening of the Milwaukee Art Museum with its new additiion designed by world-famous Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, joining the original builing by Eero Saarinen.



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