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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071484277X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714842776
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 10.1 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,099,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From The New Yorker

In 1956, when Saarinen made the cover of Time, he was America's most renowned architect. His sculptural modernism-evident in such commissions as the T.W.A. terminal at Kennedy Airport, the CBS building, and the St. Louis Arch-was in perfect accord with the country's postwar mood. He trained at the school founded by his father, the celebrated Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen, and established important relationships there with his future collaborators Charles and Ray Eames. An indefatigable worker, he oversaw more than forty staff architects at the height of his practice, and created in detail hundreds of possible designs for each project. After his death, in 1961, his work fell into critical neglect. Merkel's handsome volume presents the first truly comprehensive survey, and seeks to demonstrate how Saarinen could be "mainstream and avant-garde at the same time."
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'Merkel's handsome volume presents the first truly comprehensive survey, and seeks to demonstrate how Saarinen could be 'mainstream and avante-garde at the same time.' (New Yorker)

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Jayne Merkel is an art historian and critic who writes for Architectural Design/AD magazine in London, Architectural Record and The Architects Newspaper in New York. She is the author of Eero Saarinen, several books on contemporary architects and architecture, and numerous museum catalogues. Her script for the documentary film "The Gateway Arch, A Reflection of America" received an Emmy in 2007. A former editor of Oculus magazine in New York and former Architecture Critic of The Cincinnati Enquirer, her writing has appeared in Art in America, Artforum, Connoisseur, Design Book Review, Harvard Design Magazine, Landscape Architecture, Progressive Architecture, the New York Times, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Wilson Quarterly, and other periodicals. She has taught writing, criticism, and art history at various colleges and worked as a curator at the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, Taft Museum, and University of Michigan Museum of Art.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Sara Caples on August 25, 2005
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Disclosure: I'm an architect who began the journey towards the profession by writing an undergraduate thesis on Saarinen in the late 1960s.

Many of the things that were intriguing about his work then-the curious combination of 50s zen emptiness with passages of delicate, almost decorative, details-and the search for form which veers from neo-Miesian boxes to the curves and cylinders of MIT to the neo-vernacular stone of the Yale Colleges to the sinuous curves of the TWA and Dulles terminals-these explorations fascinate still and have much to teach us.

Merkel's book takes all these strains, examines their roots and development in a clear and comprehensive way.

Merkel has made a wonderful book, one that brings Saarinen's work back to life.

The images are stunning and so full of information, a nice balance of design process and completed buildings.

The text is full of fascinating information, much of it freshly researched-a compelling read.

The book design is gorgeous, and I don't just mean the stunning visual design.

Merkel has focused on design explorations and the strong built work of Saarinen without stalling us unduly in the less successful work.

If you're interested in Saarinen's work, get this book!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Martha Dunkelman on September 23, 2005
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Merkel's book is one of those monographs that open so many doors onto the work of an artist or architect that you never view it in quite the same way again. Saarinen's buildings are analyzed in all their surprising variety, with an open acknowledgment of their differences, rather than an insistence on an individual style. The special emphasis placed on the critical responses to the projects when they were built is particularly enlightening and should serve as a model for the study of modern architectural history. The author, with a refreshing willingness to deal with negative material as well as positive, asks and answers the very interesting question of the reasons for the decline in Saarinen's reputation after his untimely death. This book is very valuable as a study of Saarinen and also for its insights into the development and fluctuations of movements in modern architecture.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Susana Torre on October 1, 2005
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Merkel's handsome volume is a pleasure to read and to view, as it contains great vintage photographs of Eero Sarinen's projects. The author's special contribution is her insightful contextualization of Saarinen's original and eclectic output through discussions of his background, working methodology, and the critical reactions his buildings elicited.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Grauer on August 14, 2005
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This is an articulate and well researched review of an icon in architectural history. Merkel weaves his professional and personal journey in a manner which is pleasure to read.
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