Conversations with Frank Gehry

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Alfred A. Knopf, 2009 - Architecture - 290 pages
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An unprecedented, intimate, and richly illustrated portrait of Frank Gehry, one of the world’s most influential architects. Drawing on the most candid, revealing, and entertaining conversations she has had with Gehry over the last twenty years, 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.

Conversations with Frank Gehry
is essential reading for everyone interested in the art and craft of architecture, and for everyone fascinated by the most iconic buildings of our time, as well as the man and the mind behind them.

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User Review  - Nancy Maclean Davidson - Goodreads

Absolutely adored this book. At times, I wished Isenberg followed up with her questions (less PR, more nitty gritty), but Gehry's ramblings and drawings made it all worthwhile.... Candy! Read full review

Review: Conversations with Frank Gehry

User Review  - David M. - Goodreads

I liked the format of this book. It was the first that I've read that was based on an interview format, and it works quite wonderfully for peering into the mind of an architect. The book covers a ... Read full review


Starting Out
Should an Artwork Have Tbilttl?
Gehry Abroad
Art Monastery on the Mississippi
The Bilbao Effect
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About the author (2009)

Barbara Isenberg writes and lectures about the arts. Formerly a staff reporter for the Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal, she has also written for Time, Esquire, and London’s Sunday Times. Her books include Making It Big: The Diary of a Broadway Musical and State of the Arts: California Artists Talk About Their Work. She received a Distinguished Artist Award from the Los Angeles Music Center and has been a Visiting Scholar at the Getty Research Institute. She lives in Los Angeles.

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