Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry


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6.1 X 1.1 X 9.1 inches | 1.54 pounds

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About the Author

Paul Goldberger, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, spent fifteen years as the architecture critic for The New Yorker and began his career at The New York Times, where he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished criticism for his writing on architecture. He is the author of many books, most recently Why Architecture Matters, Building Up and Tearing Down: Reflections on the Age of Architecture, and Up From Zero. He teaches at The New School and lectures widely around the country on architecture, design, historic preservation, and cities. He and his wife, Susan Solomon, live in New York City.


"Fascinating. . . . An informative, startling journey into the inner sanctums of modern architecture's power structure." --The New York Times Book Review

"Revealing. . . . A penetrating portrait." --Morning Edition/NPR

"Riveting. . . . Full of little-known facts about the Pritzker Prize-winner that will surprise the most knowledgable Gehry-philes." --Architectural Digest

"Excellent and comprehensive. . . . Undeniably fascinating." --Bloomberg

"Terrifically readable. . . . Satisfying detail on Gehry's career path and hugely complex personality." --Los Angeles Times

"Convey[s] the architect's personality and process with deft strokes that have an artistic ease of their own. . . . If you're intrigued by Frank Gehry . . . I can't recommend this expansive survey of his life and work too highly." --John King, San Francisco Chronicle

"Fascinating. . . . Agilely balances the disparate subjects of art and biography. Goldberger's critical assessments of Gehry's designs are insightful and often riveting." --Richmond Times-Dispatch

"Critically fluent, socially and psychologically acute. . . . An involving work of significant architectural history and a discerning and affecting portrait of a daring and original master builder." --Booklist (starred review)

"This full-length critical study of an important contemporary architect is by one of our finest architectural critics. . . . [An] outstanding volume. . . . Highly recommended." --Library Journal (starred review)

"Richly researched, intelligent, and graceful." --Kirkus Reviews

"[Goldberger] contextualizes Gehry's work with smart discussions of trends in Modernism and the Los Angeles art scene that inspired such trends, and offers his usual shrewd, evocative insights into the look and feel of buildings." --Publishers Weekly