Architektur Philip Jodidio Architecture: Art

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Architecture: Art

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The relationship between art and architecture, though rooted in history, is at the heart of today's creativity. Artists have all but abandoned traditional concepts and forms, seeking to renew their vision and their relevance in the contemporary world. Many of them are attracted to the spatial presence of architecture. Simultaneously, contemporary architects, setting aside the precepts and influences of modernism, have come closer to artistic expression. The barriers between art and architecture are coming down, and this illustrated book looks at the ways in which this historic meeting of disciplines is profoundly changing contemporary culture.

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Philip Jodidio studied economics and art history at Harvard University. From 1979 to 2002, he was editor-in-chief of Connaissance des Arts, France's leading art magazine. He has written widely in magazines, and is the author of more than thirty books on contemporary architecture, including the Architecture Now series. Jodidio's most recent publications are comprehensive monographs devoted to the Japanese architect Tadao Ando and the Italian architect Renzo Piano. He is also the editor of Cairo, Revitalising a Historic Metropolis (Aga Khan Trust for Culture).

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The title of this book calls to mind the analogy portion of a standardized test, implying a relationship between art and architecture and the increasingly fuzzy line between the two. It's far from a new concept, something this book partially makes up for by providing dazzling photographs of artistically impressive architecture, including Richard Meier's Jubilee Church in Rome and a Santiago Calatrava-designed planetarium in Spain. There's also a heavy dose of architecture-themed art such as "Sitting on the Wall - Shenzen 1," by Weng Fen, a depiction of a girl looking at tall, imposing skyscrapers in China; and Andreas Gursky's "Shanghai," a rendition of an imposingly monolithic hotel lobby. "The number of examples that could be chosen to illustrate the intimate links between art and architecture throughout history is almost limitless," the author writes. "Indeed, there may be as many ways to define this relationship as there are cases in point." But the narrow mix of works collected (architecture that is especially artistic, or art that involves architecture), though visually appealing, offers little new to readers studied on contemporary architecture. 300 illustrations.
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