Mies in America

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9780810967281: Mies in America

A re-evaluation of the entire body of architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's American work. Considerably more than a catalogue to the exhibition it accompanies, this major study provides a professional biography, the study of an architect's career. Advancing beyond the usual limits, the book pays critical attention to Mies' drawings and collages as well as to his art collection, as it investigates the relationship between a seminal body of work and its cultural context.

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Phyllis Lambert is an architect and Founding Director of the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal. Rem Koolhass is an internationally acclaimed architect, and the winner of the 200 Pritzker Architecture Prize. Peter Eisenman is an internationally well-known architect and lrwin Chanin Distinguished Professor of Architecture at the Cooper Union in New York.

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One of the century's major architects receives a thorough, beautiful and masterfully documented treatment in this pair of massive books prompted by a pair of linked New York exhibits, at the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, which run through September. After adding the magisterial "van der Rohe" of his maternal grandfather to his name, Ludwig Mies (1886-1969) built up an impressive record of angular houses and advanced theories in Germany before he fled to America in 1938. Once here, he perfected the spacious, modernist, glass-and-steel structures that brought fame to his International Style among them New York's Seagram Building and Chicago's Illinois Institute of Technology a style also championed and promulgated by the young Phillip Johnson. MoMA's first Mies show, in 1947, cast him as a hero of abstracts and absolutes. The new volume on his Berlin years, by contrast, aims to humanize the architect and to show him responding to his times. Here are dozens of blueprints and drawings some never built along with photographs of his early houses (some predating WWI). Here, too, are essays from nine scholars and critics about his urban theory, about Berlin's early skyscrapers and about Mies's relations with dada, the movies, Prussia and philosophy. The attractive book on his American work may have slightly broader appeal: essays and photo spreads here focus on Mies's U.S. colleagues and collaborations, and on his interactions with Chicago; 10 essayists contribute, among them Rem Koolhaas (S, M, L, XL), who plans an addition to Mies's IIT. The Berlin volume boasts 200 full-color, 150 duotone and 166 b&w images; its American companion offers 141 color and 499 b&w. (Sept.)
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