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Miami Beach, Blueprint of an Eden is the story of an extraordinary time and place. It is the concurrent stories of two families placed by destiny in a position to tell them well: the Wolfsons and the Okas. The authors fathers were each mayors of Miami Beach, one in the 40s and one in the 50s and early 60s. Their mothers were prominent first ladies. Their exhaustive family archives provide a rich cultural, architectural, political, social, botanical, stylistic, gastronomic, geological and poetic history of an extraordinary place at an extraordinary time. The soul of the book is a dia logue between the authors via letters and narrati ve text. The heart of the book is its sumptuous photographs, architectural blueprints, memorabilia, sheet music (that can be played on a piano), native poetry, maps, drawings, and recipes - everything that gave rise to the contemporary phenomena that is Miami Beach.
|Publisher:||Feierabend Verlag OHG|
|Product dimensions:||9.98(w) x 11.68(h) x 1.57(d)|
About the Author
Michele Oka Doner, born and raised in Miami Beach, FL, is an internationally acclaimed artist whose prolific career spans four decades. The remarkable breadth of her artistic production encompasses public art, sculpture, furniture, jewelry, and functional objects. She is perhaps best known for her numerous public art commissions, including those at New York's Herald Square Subway Station and the Miami Beach airport. She is represented by the Marlborough Gallery in New York and is frequently featured in books (including "Michele Oka Doner: Natural Seduction") and print media in the U.S. and internationally. Oka Doner maintains studios in New York and Miami Beach.
Mitchell Wolfson, Founder, The Wolfsonian Museum and publisher, The Journal of Decorative & Propaganda Art, lives in Miami, Florida.
Alastair Gordon is a critic, curator, and author of several books, including Weekend Utopia: Modern Living in the Hamptons, Beach Houses: Andrew Geller, and Naked Airport: A Cultural History of the World's Most Revolutionary Structure. He writes regularly for The New York Times.