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Title: Grounds for Change: Major Gardens of the ...
Publisher: Little Brown & Co
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Structured around the works and personalities of more than 20 leading 20th-century landscape and garden designers of Britain, Europe and the Americas, this book begins with an examination of the garden in this century. It then provides 23 portfolios of text and colour photographs dealing with specific seminal sites, including the Viceregal Gardens in New Delhi (by Lutyens); Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, DC (Farrand); Fallingwater, Pennsylvania (Frank Lloyd Wright); the MoMA and Noguchi Sculpture Gardens and Paley Park in New York; San Cristobal, Mexico City (Barragan); and work by Alvar Aalto, Roberto Burle Marx, Carlo Scarpa, Dan Kiley and Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe. The American author is an internationally-renowned garden and landscape historian whose other books include "Nature Perfected", "Denatured Visions", "Roberto Burle Marx: Unnatural Art of the Garden" and "Jefferson's Monticello".From Publishers Weekly:
The 24 gardens unveiled here are in fact a choice few that encompass a great deal. Among the designers who are represented: Roberto Burle Marx, Sir Edwin Lutyens, Alvar Aalto, Isamu Noguchi, Frank Lloyd Wright and 18 others. Half of the sites, though, are American, which may speak for native interest or plain chance. Adams ( The French Garden, 1500-1800 ), a garden historian, notes at the outset that "at the beginning of the twentieth century, opinions on the future of the garden were as divided as predictions on the future of painting, architecture, or the ballet. Passions could stir partisan action if not war." War seems less likely now, to some, but diversity of style has not diminished. Adams's survey takes in the high formality of Villandry in the Touraine, Philip Johnson's sleek-edged sculpture garden at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and Wright's Japanese-influenced Fallingwater, integrated with multilevel elegance into nature. The author's thoughtful analytical look at the various sites is well complemented by full-color photos. Garden Book Club selection.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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