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Frank Gehry tells all!

02/02/2009


Conversations with Frank Gehry
is the result of twenty years of conversations between the brilliant Barbara Isenberg- she’s a friend of mine- and Frank Gehry. It’s revealing and entertaining; if you even liked the film, Sketches of Frank Gehry, you’ll love this.

Barbara Isenberg provides new and fascinating insights into the man and his work.

Gehry’s subjects range from his childhood—when he first built cities with wooden blocks on the floor of his grandmother’s kitchen—to his relationships with clients and his definition of a “great” client. We learn about his architectural influences (including Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright) and what he has learned from Michelangelo, Rembrandt, and Rauschenberg.

We explore the thinking behind his designs for the Guggenheim Bilbao and the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the redevelopment of Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn and Grand Avenue in Los Angeles, the Gehry Collection at Tiffany’s, and ongoing projects in Toronto, Paris, Abu Dhabi, and elsewhere.

And we follow as Gehry illuminates the creative process by which his ideas first take shape—for example, through early drawings for the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, when the building’s trademark undulating curves were mere scribbles on a page.

Sketches, models, and computer images provided by Gehry himself allow us to see how so many of his landmark buildings have come to fruition, step by step.

Read it, to come to know a great artist better than you ever thought you’d know him. It’s the best book of the year. You won’t be able to put it down. Then you’ll wish for more.
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