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HANS HOLLEIN AND POSTMODERNISM: ART AND ARCHITECTURE IN AUSTRIA, 1958-1985. Eva Branscome. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, New York, 2018. 260 pp. with 109 ills. 25 x 18 cm. LC 2017-21883 ISBN 9781472459947 In English.
Publisher's description: Set within the broader context of post-war Austria and the re-education initiatives set up there by the Allied forces, particularly the USA, this book investigates the art and architecture scene in Vienna to ask how this can inform our broader understanding of architectural Postmodernism. Within an Austrian culture still steeped in Catholicism, American practices like abstract expressionism, action painting and art happenings were transformed in a remarkably original manner. One of the outcomes, Viennese Aktionism, directly affected thinking about architecture through the performance environments that were created. The book specifically focuses on the outputs of the Austrian artist and architect, Hans Hollein, and on his appropriation as a Postmodernist figure. In Vienna, the circles of radical art and architecture were not distinct, and Holleina's claim that a Everything is Architecturea was symptomatic of this intermixing of creative practices. Austria's proximity to the so-called a Iron Curtaina, and its post-war history of four-power occupation gave a heightened sense of menace that emerged strongly in Viennese art in the Cold War era.
Artist(s):Hollein, Hans
Indexing: Western, Europe — Austria — Post-1945 — Architecture
Plans: 73,55
Worldwide Number: 172225
Hardcover $149.95    

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