I've mentioned here many times how much I admire Oscar Niemeyer. Today's NYTimes Magazine has a great article finally giving him the praise he deserves.
He is a national hero in Brazil, but elsewhere he may be the least celebrated of the major architects of the modern era. A suave pioneer of curvaceous concrete, toying with the limits of engineering while injecting sex and surrealism into Le Corbusier's famous machine for living, he designed some of the most audacious, sublimely poetic and occasionally goofy buildings of the 20th century. Probably more than anyone else, he brought lyricism and a populist sensibility to modern public architecture.Slide Show
The Last of the Moderns