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ANTONI GAUDI: ORNAMENT, FIRE AND ASHES. Translation of Humaredas. Arquitectura, oranmentacion, medios impresos (Lampreave, Madrid, 2010). Juan Jose Lahuerta. Editorial Tenov, Barcelona, 2016. Columns of Smoke, 3. Distributed in the U.S.A. by University of Chicago Press. 224 pp. with 261 ills. (76 col.). 21 x 16 cm. ISBN 9788493923167 In English.
Publisher's description: Juan Jose Lahuerta's Columns of Smoke series offers bold new readings of modernity and its key figures while redefining the connections between architecture, ornamentation, and the portrayal of both in print media. The third volume focuses on the Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926), whose spectacular fin-de-siecle bohemian modernism stood in revolutionary contrast to the leading approaches of the day. With the rise of Le Corbusier's modern style of architecture in the early twentieth century, architects who favored ornamentation and a strong bond with nature, like Gaudi, were relegated to the sidelines. Lahuerta draws on first-hand documents, many previously unpublished, to show that Gaudi, far from being the isolated eccentric seen in other accounts, was keenly aware of the major theories and works of his time and cleverly used industrial processes to produce ornamental details that appear today to be almost handmade. Equally impressive was Gaudi's ability to capitalize on his fame once in the public eye, as both the architect and his buildings appeared in illustrations in the popular press.
Artist(s):Gaudi, Antoni
Indexing: Western, Europe — Spain — 1900-1945 — Architecture, Criticism/Theory
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 171041
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