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Gehry Draws Frank O. Gehry

Gehry Draws

Frank O. Gehry

Violette Editions (2004, worldwide excl. North America)

Edited by Mark Rappolt and Robert Violette
Designed by Peter B. Willberg
Hardback with die-cut dustjacket
544 pages, 950 illustrations
25.4 x 19.6 cm (9 3/4 x 7 3/8 in)
ISBN: 978-1-900828-10-9
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'This terrific book can hardly be called a set of sketches. It brings together drawings architect Gehry has done for 29 recent projects; to look at them in series is to watch a genius think out loud, so close does the link between thought and line seem here.'Publishers Weekly

'This massive book is clearly a must for every serious student of architecture.'The Globe and Mail

Text contributions from Horst Bredekamp, Frank O. Gehry, Edwin Chan and Craig Webb.

Everyone knows what the distinctive curves and lines of Frank Gehry's buildings look like. But where do they come from? Gehry has described drawing as his way of 'thinking aloud'; Gehry Draws traces that thinking through 32 major projects (both built and unbuilt) with more than 500 drawings (many of which have never before been published) and more than 400 additional illustrations – providing a privileged view of the creative practice of a master architect. Horst Bredekamp's introduction relates Gehry's drawing methods to the concept of disegno, as practised by Leonardo and Dürer – not only the act of drawing and modelling but also the dynamics of creative thinking – and shows how Gehry thinks through the curving movements of his hand on paper. Gehry himself describes for Bredekamp his method in several explanatory sketches, and Bredekamp applies this to a study of drawings made for specific Gehry commissions.

Gehry Draws is produced in collaboration with Frank Gehry and his team at Gehry Partners. Project synopses and commentary by Gehry and two of his Partners and Project Designers, Edwin Chan and Craig Webb, guide us through the full range of Gehry production, from the small details of furniture design to such large-scale undertakings as the Disney Concert Hall and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. The drawings, illustrations, and text in Gehry Draws definitively place drawing at the heart of Frank Gehry's creative process.

Mark Rappolt is a freelance writer, editor of Art Review, and former editor of AA Files, the journal of the Architectural Association in London.

Horst Bredekamp is Professor of Art History at the University of Humboldt (University of Berlin) and a Permanent Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin.

Rene Daalder is a Dutch-born virtual-reality filmmaker based in
Los Angeles. He wrote and directed six feature films and has collaborated with numerous musicians, architects and digital pioneers throughout his career.

Frank O. Gehry was born in Toronto in 1929. He first established his architectural practice in Los Angeles in 1962 and is now one of the world's most highly acclaimed architects. His iconic work, such as the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, has earned Gehry numerous prestigious international awards, including the Pritzker Prize in 1989 and the Praemium Imperiale in 1992.

(Published in North and South America by The MIT Press in association with Violette Editions, ISBN: 978-0-262-18241-6)

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