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Artists' Handmade Houses

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Artists' Handmade Houses is a collection of 13 homes handcrafted by the finest artists and craftsmen in America, including George Nakashima, Henry Varnum Poor, Sam Maloof, Wharton Esherick, and Russel Wright. Built over the course of 75 years, from the late-19th century to the mid-20th century, these homes were each designed and built by the artists as an expression of their aesthetic sentiments, and in many cases, as extensions of their artwork. As such, these private domains are utterly unique and deeply ...
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Overview


Artists' Handmade Houses is a collection of 13 homes handcrafted by the finest artists and craftsmen in America, including George Nakashima, Henry Varnum Poor, Sam Maloof, Wharton Esherick, and Russel Wright. Built over the course of 75 years, from the late-19th century to the mid-20th century, these homes were each designed and built by the artists as an expression of their aesthetic sentiments, and in many cases, as extensions of their artwork. As such, these private domains are utterly unique and deeply imbued with each artist's singular vision and talent. A few of the homes have been awarded National Historic Landmark status, and several are open to the public, while still others have sadly fallen into disrepair or are now in the hands of new owners. In a few cases, the photographs in this book represent the last record of the house as created by its artist resident.

Praise for Artists' Handmade Houses:

"The house histories by Michael Gotkin are concise and illuminating; the new photography by Don Freeman, stunning." 
-The Wall Street Journal 

“This gorgeous collection of houses handcrafted by some of America’s finest artists is not only a must-read but a must-examine-closely.”

The Chicago Tribune

 

"There's ample opportunity for both looking and learning with Artists' Handmade Houses."
 -ARTnews

"Freeman's ability to capture details . . . coupled with a good eye for scale, gives the reader a true sense of place; Gotkin's insightful text is an added delight, deepening readers' appreciation of the design that makes each home so unique." 
-Publishers Weekly.com

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Publishers Weekly
From the first spread, of ceramicist Henry Chapman Mercer's Fonthill, a Pennsylvania castle built, of reinforced raw concrete, around an existing farmhouse, it's clear that Gotkin and Freeman's collection of unique residences is more than a fawning photo shoot. The duo's study 13 artist residences, from the warm homestead and workspace of California woodworker Sam Maloof to the sprawling, cave-like Arizona compound of Paolo Soleri, with its massive display of windbells, to the ornate and austere Olana, home to painter Frederic Edwin Church. Though the 15-room White Pines-part of the Byrdcliffe art colony near Woodstock-built by the late Ralph Radcliffe Whitehead and Jane Byrd McCall hasn't been truly lived in for decades, a workroom cluttered with unglazed pots suggests that the couple have just stepped out for a walk. Freeman's ability to capture details like these, coupled with a good eye for scale, gives the reader a true sense of place; Gotkin's insightful text is an added delight, deepening readers' appreciation of the design that makes each home so unique. Though few readers will be able to find much to emulate-Soleri's ceramics studio looks like something from the set of Star Wars, for example-this is still a stunning appreciation of creativity, thrift, and ingenuity.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810995840
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,401,340
  • Product dimensions: 9.68 (w) x 11.18 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Don Freeman's photographs appear regularly in The World of Interiors, Vogue, House Beautiful, and Vanity Fair, among others. He has published two books and is based in New York. 
Michael Owen Gotkin is a landscape architect and city planner in New York City. His articles have appeared in World of Interiors and Pin-Up.
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