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HERBERT STATTLER: ORNAMENT STADT. Spector Books, Leipzig, 2015. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Ram Publications, Santa Monica. 32 pp. 33 x 27 cm. ISBN 9783944669403 Bilingual in English and German.
This title is offered as a special-order item. Publisher's description: Urban utopias from the Renaissance to the 20th century are reproduced again and again, until the ideal city is multiplied into an ornament: fans and concentric circles, repeating bubbles and dispersing stars. In the detail and movement of the pencil that repeats the original, there is a liveliness that counteracts the "big plan." In this unique artist book, Ornament Stadt (Ornament city), created by the Austrian artist Herbert Stattler to accompany a past museum exhibition, transfers 16 map designs of ideal cities into precise graphite drawings. The design of the book draws on portfolios used by urban planners and draftsmen. The pages are folded in a way that the drawings appear in their original size. The line is not always perfect, and in consequence the drawing departs from the utopias of those architects who believed in perfect ideals of the city. Essays by Hubertus Butin and Michael Hagner tucked into the middle of this exquisite object.
Artist(s):Stattler, Herbert
Indexing: Unspecified
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 165925
Paperbound $45.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title) nota bene: See Comment Above.

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