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Architecture for Art: American Art Museums, 1938-2008 Hardcover
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This pictorial survey of three-dozen existing museums and works in progress suggests we are living in a golden age of cultural architecture. Once Western culture built cathedrals as expressions of wealth and power; today it's innovative architecture. And museum building has become an art in itself, one fraught with the peril of overshadowing the collection inside. Yet this is a celebratory book that matches museums and architects' statements with Rocheleau's flattering and seductive photos (works in progress are represented by renderings and models). There's a museum of wine and a museum of glass, but most of the buildings shown are repositories of art. It's a coast-to-coast tour, though not exhaustive. And the arrangement is alphabetical rather than chronological, so an opportunity to evaluate museum design as a continuum or evolution of ideas is largely lost. Still, the main ingredient in this browser's guide is what we can learn about visual dazzle, inventive building, and the lure of monumental space devoted to the wonders of art. Steve Paul
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About the Author
Scott Tilden is the editor and conceiver of architecture books, including American Synagogues: A Century of Architecture and Jewish Life and Daniel H. Burnham: Visionary Architect and City Planner. Paul Rocheleau has published many books of photographs, including volumes on Frank Lloyd Wright, H. H. Richardson, and Frederick Law Olmsted. Wim de Wit is special collections director of the Getty Research Institute and the author of numerous books and articles on architecture. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The seminal tome on the relationship between architecture and art.
American museums are beautifully photographed. This is the book
which introduces the notion of the contemporary art museum as the
new cultural center in our community. One of the books you need in your library
if you love architecture and new art.