Malaparte: A House Like Me

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Michael McDonough
Clarkson Potter, 1999 - Architecture - 198 pages
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With a foreword by Tom Wolfe, this is a stunning work on Casa Malaparte, one of the world's most famous and controversial houses -- admired, imitated, and celebrated for over fifty years.Beautiful yet enigmatic, Casa Malaparte has stood for nearly 50 years atop a limestone cliff on the Isle of Capri. The vision of its singular architectural form against the breathtaking backdrop of the Mediterranean has been likened to "the sudden recovery of a lost dream." Built between the years 1938-40 by Curzio Malaparte, a controversial and strongly political Italian novelist, playwright, and filmmaker, Casa Malaparte is a timeless reminder of one man's vision -- visually arresting and stylistically uncategorizable (much like this book).With a foreword by Tom Wolfe, Malaparte: A House Like Me is organized and edited by noted architect, designer, and writer Michael McDonough, and brings together the combined efforts of artists, historians, architects, and writers to unlock the meanings and mysteries behind Casa Malaparte. Provocative essays, sketches, and speculative projects by, among others, Phillip Lopate, Robert Venturi, Carla Fendi, Kar

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One of the most controversial Italian journalists and writers during the fascist and post-World War II periods, Curzio Malaparte, fell in love with the secluded coast of Naples Bay while exiled there ... Read full review

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If it were a vacation rental, Casa Malaparte would be the best one on the planet ! Read full review

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Award-winning architect and designer Michael McDonough has realized projects in the United States, Europe, and Asia, and has lectured internationally on architecture, design, and art. He was a member of the faculty at New York University from 1978-1981, and a visiting critic at the University of Pennsylvania and the Casa Malaparte Foundation. He is currently a faculty member at Parsons School of Design in New York, where he has taught since 1984, and Director of the International Bamboo Design Research Initiative at Rhode Island School of Design.

McDonough has exhibited at such galleries and museums as Grey Art Gallery, Holly Solomon Gallery, the Pacific Design Center, and the Musée du Louvre. His work is in the permanent collection of the Berlin Museum and the Corning Museum, as well as private collections. H

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