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Book Review - The Architecture of Philip Johnson
of Philip Johnson
Foreword by Philip Johnson
Essay by Hilary Lewis
Text by Stephen Fox
Photography by Richard Payne
Hardcover, 336 pages
Big, bold, and beautiful... the graphic layout of this new book from Bulfinch Press is a fitting tribute to a master of modern architecture, Philip Johnson. More about beautiful images that capture the spirit of Johnson's work than a compilation of theory and design rhetoric, the book presents a guided tour through personal spaces and public places created by Johnson throughout his career. From early residences such as his noted Glass House in New Canaan to skyscrapers like the AT&T Building in New York City, the power of Johnson's architecture speaks for itself.
Since the peak of the International Style to Post-Modernism and beyond, Johnson has been the voice of 20th Century architecture. With his early works in the era of peers such as Le Corbusier and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Johnson's living legacy continues to inspire contemporary architects today.
The book presents a compelling cross-section of his work that reads like a virtual list of architectural landmarks. And while there are no drawings or sketches to help explain his works, none are needed. The photographs wonderfully capture the spirit of his work, with a brief text overview included to provide essential background information on each project.
A book that should be an essential addition to any modernist's library, The Architecture of Philip Johnson
reveals the grace of this master architect's hand. It is a book to enjoy... both for its rich photography and also to consider how Johnson's presence has shaped the world today.
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