After more than half a century of designing architecture (and running a highly successful development company to boot), John Portman
has earned his exhibit at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art
. Not only did the lifelong Atlantan and winner of countless awards remake his hometown's skyline, he also redefined an entire building typology through the creation of "atrium hotels"—which, unfortunately, spawned a thousand bad knockoffs. In addition, Portman was among the first American architects to open a permanent office in Asia, way back in 1980. "John Portman: Art and Architecture" also includes examples of Portman’s paintings and sculptures, versions of which appear in, on, and around his own buildings. Through April 18, 2010.