I.M. Pei: a profile in American architecture

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H.N. Abrams, 1990 - Architecture - 320 pages
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"I.M. Pei: A Profile in American Architecture" is the first full-length study of the life and work of his extraordinary artist. Illustrated from the rich archives of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, the book charts Pei's progress from his birth in China in 1917 through every milestone in his career to his preeminent position today. The author, noted architecture critic Carter Wiseman, has supplemented extensive and meticulous research with many hours of conversation with Pei, his family, and his associates. He focuses his text on twelve buildings of special relevance to Pei's career, and, whether discussing the Kennedy Library, the Louvre, or the Meyerson Symphony Center, he carefully considers the projects architectural, sociological, and personal dimensions. One sees how Pei's artistic vision has emerged, how he has deftly met the demands of each new situation and client, and how his charmismatic personality has affected events.

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Abrams first published Wiseman's study of I.M. Pei in 1990, and this revised edition adds projects that Pei completed from 1990 to 2001, during which he designed three major museums, completed his ... Read full review

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Chinese-American architect Pei has designed some of the most distinguished public buildings of the last four decades, from the Kennedy Library in Boston to the Louvre's controversial glass pyramid ... Read full review


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CARTER WISEMAN is President of the MacDowell Colony and teaches at the Yale School of Architecture. He was the architectural critic at New York magazine for sixteen years, and he has written on architecture and design for Newsweek, Architectural Record, Interior Design, ARTnews, and American Heritage, among other publications. He is the author of I. M. Pei: A Profile in American Architecture (2001) and Twentieth-Century American Architecture: The Buildings and Their Makers (2000). Mr. Wiseman was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard's Graduate School of Design.

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