- Hardcover: 472 pages
- Publisher: Richard Nickel Committee; First Edition edition (November 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0966027329
- ISBN-13: 978-0966027327
- Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 1.7 x 11.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,226,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“The Complete Architecture of Adler & Sullivan is a work that will quickly become an essential resource for every architectural scholar. . . . [It] is a profoundly moving portrait . . . . For Louis Sullivan, this book, better than any biography, is an epic journey of the progress of a soul.”
(Lynn Becker Architecture Chicago Plus)
“One of the big architectural events in Chicago this fall is a book, not a building. Because a number of Adler & Sullivan’s buildings have been senselessly demolished, the book is, in a sense a work of preservation, its photographs documenting the life of buildings we can no longer experience.”
(Blair Kamin Chicago Tribune)
“One of the big architectural events in Chicago this fall is a book, not a building.”
(Blair Kamin Chicago Tribune)
null (Rich Hein Chicago Sun-Times)
"The [Richard Nickel] committee has identified and analyzed about 250 buildings for The Complete Architecture of Adler & Sullivan,which the committee has published in conjunction with the University of Chicago Press. With text by Nickel and three other scholars (and more than 800 photos), the book explains how the architects built a reputation in the 1880s for draping tendril ornament on masonry office towers."
(Eve Kahn New York Times)
"In a prolific 15-year period between 1880 and 1895, Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan teamed up to produce an architecture that was stridently American—one that drew from nature for its ornament while creating simple, modern forms on steel frame walls."—Dwell
"Epic and sweeping, a new book from the University of Chicago Press chronicles the work of three artists from that city whose courageous work intertwined from the late 19th century to the middle of the 20th. Each soared to the height of his profession, and each met a tragic end."
(J. Michael Welton Huffington Post)
"The photos of buildings, those still standing and those later destroyed, reveal that the seductive power of Sullivan’s work lies largely in the tension between form and function—some might say in the tension between the buildings’ masculine and feminine elements—and in the ways Sullivan balanced the severe, massive elegance of his facades with the rhythmic grace of his exuberant, often whimsical ornament. . . . Although the book contains work by a host of photographers, Nickel’s photographs are of course preponderant. They’re both arresting and angry, and in their depictions of decrepit urban cores and of Sullivan’s soot-stained masterpieces festooned with anachronistically garish lighted signs and cheapjack advertisements, they illuminate their time and place as much as they do Sullivan’s work."--Atlantic (Ben Schwarz)
About the Author
Richard Nickel (1928–72), attended the Institute of Design, where he studied with the photographers Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind. His master’s thesis was a continuation of the Sullivan project conceived by Siskind. Aaron Siskind (1903–91) taught photography at the Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and later at the Rhode Island School of Design. John Vinci is currently principal of Vinci/Hamp architects. Ward Miller is the executive director of the Richard Nickel Committee.
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Thank goodness the work Richard Nickle did on this book before he died was completed by his colleagues. I would have hated to seen these photos of Sullivan buildings go to waste, and that is what would have happened had John DaVinci not stepped in and decided to complete this project Richard started. It would have ended up being a box full of photographs and steno books full of notes about the structures. Richard poured his heart and soul into keeping Sullivan's buildings alive and well in Chicago, but urban renewal won out, sadly. So many Sullivan structures fell during that time, it was just tragic. Thank goodness cities have, hopefully smartened up and now try to save the historic buildings instead of hitting them with the demolition ball.
My only problem was with the non representation of my volume, a number of pages are installed upside down. ergo the great price. But i would have paid more had I known.