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Las Vegas Studio: Images from the Archive of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown Hardcover – March 15, 2009

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"Technicolor and definitively 1960s, the photos — mostly documentary, some seemingly random or incidental — portray architects Venturi, Scott Brown and Steven Izenour (the book’s third author who died in 2001) in the field with the Yale students and at leisure. There are also shots of a Las Vegas that is no longer here. The result comes across as a private scrapbook or intimate photo album, a fond memento of the experience and of the time."
(Kristen Peterson Las Vegas Sun)

About the Author

Hilar Stadler is reader in art history and director of the Museum im Bellpark Kriens near Lucrene, Switzerland. Martino Stierli is a research assistant at the University of Basel and a freelance writer and critic in the fields of art and architecture.


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 193 pages
  • Publisher: Scheidegger and Spiess (March 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3858817171
  • ISBN-13: 978-3858817174
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,226,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've only ever seen mono 'Learning from Las Vegas' photos in the MIT paperback edition where they are, for the most part, poorly printed. This book of the photos, in color, is based on their exhibition in Germany during 2009. After looking through the pages several times I wonder why they were exhibited or printed because they are really no better than snaps.

Photography has lots of uses besides art or consumer snaps: police mug shots; time-lapse security; aerial reconnaissance; or anywhere that a visual record is required. The 102 Las Vegas color photos printed over 125 pages in the book fall into this working category and I really don't think they could be considered artistic or worthy of presenting as one to a page in a classic photo book format. Frequently badly cropped, too much contrast, repetitive or just inconsequential regarding the subject matter nevertheless I can see that they could well underpin an architectural theory that is still thought provoking today but presenting student taken photos like this seems an editorial mistake so two stars.

Four stars, though, for the rest of the book that falls into three parts: an essay by Martino Stierli; a conversation between Peter Fischli, Rem Koolhaas and Hans Ulrich Obrist; an essay by Stanislaus von Moos rounds out the pages. I thought all of this content was far more interesting than the bland photos. In particular Stierli's essay was fascinating overview of architecture, popular and car culture in LA and Las Vegas over the last few decades. He pulls together New Topographic photographers, mixed media artist Ed Ruscha, photorealist painter John Baeder (who, incidentally, has an impressive collection of roadside photography waiting for a publisher) authors like Reyner Banham and Peter Blake.
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