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Tadao Ando: Complete Works (1969-1994) Paperback – November 19, 1997
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Tadao Ando, one-time truck driver and boxer, is a self-taught Japanese architect whose winning of the 1995 Pritzker Prize has given him preeminence among his gifted generation. Ando reinvents Japan's architectural tradition in contemporary terms, using minimalist concrete structures of monumental scale, reminiscent of the Brutalist architecture of America's Louis Kahn. Editor Francesco Dal Co, an Italian architectural historian, has produced an excellent survey of Ando's career to date, along with a critical assessment of his work. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"The best book to appear thus far on this major artist."-The New York Times "Wonderful plans, wonderful spaces, wonderful concrete, and now it is all wonderfully presented in this blockbuster monograph."-Interior Design "A quite magnificent and massive collection."-Jerusalem Post
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All in all, a good choice for anyone interested in Ando.
Much more aspects of Tadao Ando architecture and life (can we distinguish between the work and life of an artist?) are treated in the best way in this book, wich includes a compilation of his own writings and an antology of the critic on his work. The quality of the paper and photographs are also very good, although architecture can't be experienced trough a simple 2 dimension layout (there is nor the 3rd dimension nor the 4th - time).
Now, it's all about architectural taste...
Although not totally complete, the works of main interest are included and shortly described. Nice are the early-sketches, illustrating the relation between concept and final design. In the back of the book one can find short but meaningfull writings by Ando or about Ando,that try to capture the essence of his work.
I'm still waiting for a similarly arranged book, but then with personal comments from the master. It remains a beautifull publication that deserves a place on anyone's bookshelf.