The Architecture of R. M. Schindler

The Architecture of R. M. Schindler

by Michael Darling, Elizabeth A. T. Smith, Elizabeth A.T. Smith
     
 
"The spirit of Schindler warms the works of all of us who were touched by his life."—Frank O. Gehry

"He is the most important architect in California of his day and deserves highly the attention given to him at last by his hometown, Vienna."—Philip Johnson

With such masterworks as the Schindler-Chace House and the Lovell Beach House

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"The spirit of Schindler warms the works of all of us who were touched by his life."—Frank O. Gehry

"He is the most important architect in California of his day and deserves highly the attention given to him at last by his hometown, Vienna."—Philip Johnson

With such masterworks as the Schindler-Chace House and the Lovell Beach House in California, the Vienna-born modernist R. M. Schindler (1887—1953) is recognized as one of the most innovative architects of the 20th century. Nearly 50 years after his death, admiration for his breathtakingly original houses and apartment buildings is at an all-time peak.

Containing many never-published drawings and photographs and spanning Schindler's early years in Vienna, his apprenticeship with Frank Lloyd Wright, and his bold contributions to West Coast modernism, this book—which accompanies the first major Schindler retrospective—offers the most comprehensive view of his genius to date.

Author Biography: Elizabeth A.T. Smith, curator of the Schindler exhibition, is James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.

Robert Sweeney is president of the Friends of the Schindler House.

Richard Guy Wilson chairs the Department of Architectural History at the University of Virginia.

Kurt G. F. Helfrich is a curator at the University Art Museum at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Michael Darling is assistant curator of the Schindler exhibition.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - Library Journal
In life, avant-garde West Coast architect Rudolf Schindler had his loyal admirers, but he was largely dismissed by prominent tastemakers for perceived transgressions against Modernist design principles. Only long after his death in 1953 have serious efforts gone into assessing his oeuvre. The books reviewed here are welcome additions to the now-burgeoning field of Schindler studies. The Architecture of R.M. Schindler offers five scholarly essays and a wealth of illustrations and photos. Curators Smith and Darling compiled the catalog to accompany a major retrospective put together by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and traveling to Washington, DC, and Vienna, Austria. The text examines the distinct phases of his creative evolution from 1912 until his death but breaks no new ground, except perhaps for disclosures found in recently released personal correspondence detailing the bohemian life Schindler and family led at his west Los Angeles home. It is this landmark 1921 house that is the subject of Schindler House, a happy collaboration between one-time resident Smith (Frank Lloyd Wright: Hollyhock House and Olive Hall) and photographer Mudford. As his own home, Schindler built one of the most startlingly original structures of the 20th century, provoking both fulsome praise and bewildered condemnation. Probing its history and presenting the structure from all angles, this slim volume does more to promote an appreciation of this legendary abode than any prior publication. Schindler House is a most attractive purchase for large public and academic libraries. Comprehensive architecture collections should have The Architecture of R.M. Schindler. For general collections, the most balanced treatment remains David Gebhard's Schindler (William Stout, 1997. reprint). David Solt sz, Cuyahoga Cty. P.L., Parma, OH Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810942233
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
02/28/2001
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
9.37(w) x 11.25(h) x 1.12(d)

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