My basket contains:

0 items £0.00

View Basket

£16.99

Add to basket
Price in Euros €16.99
Price in USD $16.99
Select your currency
Calculated price

FREE UK Postage for online orders over £60

Terms and conditions apply

Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry

Paul Goldberger

  • Format: Book

  • Pages: 528

  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

  • Date Published: Nov 2017

  • Stock Code: 90992

  • ISBN: 9780307946393

  • Binding: Paperback

Average Rating:
Your Rating:
Total rating: 5 out of 5
Total votes: 1

Description

From Pulitzer Prize-winning architectural critic Paul Goldberger: an engaging, nuanced exploration of the life and work of Frank Gehry, undoubtedly the most famous architect of our time. This first full-fledged critical biography presents and evaluates the work of a man who has almost single-handedly transformed contemporary architecture in his innovative use of materials, design, and form, and who is among the very few architects in history to be both respected by critics as a creative, cutting-edge force and embraced by the general public as a popular figure.

Building Art shows the full range of Gehry's work, from early houses constructed of plywood and chain-link fencing to lamps made in the shape of fish to the triumphant success of such late projects as the spectacular art museum of glass in Paris. It tells the story behind Gehry's own house, which upset his neighbors and excited the world with its mix of the traditional and the extraordinary, and recounts how Gehry came to design the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, his remarkable structure of swirling titanium that changed a declining city into a destination spot.

Building Art also explains Gehry's sixteen-year quest to complete Walt Disney Concert Hall, the beautiful, acoustically brilliant home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Although Gehry's architecture has been written about widely, the story of his life has never been told in full detail. Here we come to know his Jewish immigrant family, his working-class Toronto childhood, his hours spent playing with blocks on his grandmother's kitchen floor, his move to Los Angeles when he was still a teenager, and how he came, unexpectedly, to end up in architecture school.

Most important, Building Art presents and evaluates Gehry's lifetime of work in conjunction with his entire life story, including his time in the army and at Harvard, his long relationship with his psychiatrist and the impact it had on his work, and his two marriages and four children. It analyzes his carefully crafted persona, in which a casual, amiable "aw, shucks" surface masks a driving and intense ambition. And it explores his relationship to Los Angeles and how its position as home to outsider artists gave him the freedom in his formative years to make the innovations that characterize his genius.

Finally, it discusses his interest in using technology not just to change the way a building looks but to change the way the whole profession of architecture is practiced. At once a sweeping view of a great architect and an intimate look at creative genius, Building Art is in many ways the saga of the architectural milieu of the twenty-first century.

But most of all it is the compelling story of the man who first comes to mind when we think of the lasting possibilities of buildings as art.

Post a Review

You need to be logged in to post a review

Customers Who Bought This Also Bought



New Design for Old Buildings

New Design for Old Buildings

Showcasing a range of homes, churches, barns, commercial, and industrial buildings from across the UK, this book demonstrates the SPAB philosophy... (more)

£40.00

Add to basket
Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry New Design for Old Buildings

New Design for Old Buildings

New Design for Old Buildings

Showcasing a range of homes, churches, barns, commercial, and industrial buildings from across the UK, this book demonstrates the SPAB philosophy... (more)

£40.00

Add to basket
Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry New Design for Old Buildings

A Domestic Client's Guide to Engaging an Architect

A Domestic Client's Guide to Engaging an Architect

If you need to understand about engaging the services of an architect, this updated RIBA guide is for you. Straightforward and completely up-to... (more)

£10.00

Add to basket
Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry A Domestic Client's Guide to Engaging an Architect

A Commercial Client's Guide to Engaging an Architect

A Commercial Client's Guide to Engaging an Architect

If you need to understand about engaging the services of an architect, this updated RIBA guide is for you. Straightforward and completely up-to... (more)

£10.00

Add to basket
Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry A Commercial Client's Guide to Engaging an Architect

PHPP Illustrated: A designer's companion to the Passivhaus Planning Package: Second Edition

PHPP Illustrated: A designer's companion to the Passivhaus Planning Package: Second Edition

Passive House is a leading low energy building standard. An important tool for designing Passive House buildings is the Passive House Planning... (more)

£40.00

Add to basket
Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry PHPP Illustrated: A designer's companion to the Passivhaus Planning Package: Second Edition

Small Practice and the Sole Practitioner

Small Practice and the Sole Practitioner

This book is a practical guide for students or those already running or thinking of running a small practice on how to set up and run a small... (more)

£30.00

Add to basket
Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry Small Practice and the Sole Practitioner

Recently Viewed