Claude Bragdon and the Beautiful Necessity: Eleven Essays

Claude Bragdon and the Beautiful Necessity: Eleven Essays

by Eugenia Victoria Ellis, Andrea G. Reithmayr
     
 

Claude Bragdon and the Beautiful Necessity is a superbly illustrated catalogue accompanied by a collection of essays that explore the extraordinary talent and breadth of this American architect. Edited by Dr. Eugenia Ellis and Andrea G. Reithmayr, this book provides a comprehensive understanding of Bragdon's work, including contributions by notable scholars such as

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Claude Bragdon and the Beautiful Necessity is a superbly illustrated catalogue accompanied by a collection of essays that explore the extraordinary talent and breadth of this American architect. Edited by Dr. Eugenia Ellis and Andrea G. Reithmayr, this book provides a comprehensive understanding of Bragdon's work, including contributions by notable scholars such as Linda Dalrymple Henderson, Jonathan Massey, Richard Guy Wilson and Joan Ockman, among others.

Claude Bragdon (1866-1946) was a well-known architect, artist, writer, stage designer and publisher who was most proud of his architectural designs in the Rochester, New York area. A prolific and influential writer, Bragdon published more than twenty books and hundreds of articles. He was nationally known for his graphic art, his Song & Light Festivals of 1915-1918, and his role in theater's New Stagecraft. He had technical and artistic expertise in many disciplines, making it difficult to categorize his work into a specific stylistic trend. Bragdon experimented with light, color, electricity and music in ways that predated modern-day virtual reality images. Bragdon was a vital force in understanding 20th-century American architecture and its contribution to social transformation.

Contributors: Eugenia V. Ellis, Paul Emmons, Marcia Feuerstein, Marie Frank, Jean France, Joscelyn Godwin, Linda Dalrymple Henderson, Christina Malathouni, Jonathan Massey, Mary Nixon, Joan Ockman, Andrea Reithmayr and Richard Guy Wilson.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933360430
Publisher:
RIT Cary Graphic Arts
Publication date:
03/28/2010
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.70(d)

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Marco Frascari
Claude Bragdon and the Beautiful Necessity is a superb catalogue and a highly engaging collection of essays that explores the multifaceted work of an almost forgotten American architect. Through a mix of philosopy, history, theory, and anecdotes, the essays trace the contributions of Bragdon's thinking from the everyday to the esoteric, from the practical to the aesthetic. (Marco Frascari, Director, Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism, Carleton University)

Meet the Author

Eugenia Victorial Ellis is associate professor in the Department of Architecture & Interiors of the Westphal College at Drexel University. She is also a principal at BAU Architecture.

Andrea G. Reithmayr is the Rare Book Conservator at the University of Rochester River Campus Libraries and a Curator of collections including the Bragdon Family Papers.

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