Louis Hellman's unique method of describing the work of an architect by drawing their head in the style of their building is known the world over. The drawings have been an enormous success, and have been converted into postcards, posters, and calendars, yet this is the first time they will be displayed in a book.
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Following Samuel Butler's assertion that "Every man's work, whether it be literature or music or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself", the Archi-têtes are caricatures of world-famous 20th-century architects in the style of their architecture and incorporating elements of their buildings. Modern architecture operated under the pretence that design was a matter of "scientific" analysis and rationalisation and buildings would be as anonymous as machines. In fact, modern architects, like any artists, were developing styles aping machine imagery which were reflections of their own personalities and personal tastes. The Archi-têtes also exploit the anthropomorphic element in architecture whose whole vocabulary is related to the human form and employs metaphors for the body and nature. Buildings have faces (facades), arms (wings), heads (domes) and eyes, mouth and ears (openings).
The book includes a plethora of preparatory sketches, photographs of the buildings that inspired each portrait, potted biographical details and comic verses debunking each star-chitect. Three politicians and Prince Charles are also included. The most celebrated historical precedent for the idea of portraits composed of natural or man-made elements can be found in the work of the 16th-century Mannerist painter Arcimboldo, whose simulacra composed of flowers, fruit, meat or books influenced Surrealists such as Dali and Ernst. But in terms of an attempt at caricaturing the famous using their own products, the Archi-têtes are uniquely original.
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Descrizione libro John Wiley & Sons, 2000. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. 1. Codice libro della libreria DADAX047198860X
Descrizione libro Wiley, 2000. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P11047198860X
Descrizione libro Wiley. PAPERBACK. Condizione libro: New. 047198860X New Condition. Codice libro della libreria NEW6.3454845