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The Pritzker Architecture Prize : the first twenty years
Thorne, Martha.
Publication Information:
New York : Harry N. Abrams in association with the Art Institute of Chicago, 1999.
Physical Description:
207 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm

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NA2335 .P75 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Published on the occasion of a 1999 exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago--an exhibition that surveys the 20-year history of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, which has often been described as the "Nobel of architecture" because of its great importance. Selected buildings and projects of each of the 21 winners are generously illustrated with color and bandw photographs, sketches, and plans. The volume also features comments by prominent members of the jury and appreciations of the prize and the laureates' work by two highly regarded authors, Colin Amery and William J.R. Curtis. Thorne is associate curator of architecture at the Art Institute of Chicago. Oversize: 9.50x12". Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Author Notes

Martha Thorne is Associate Curator, Department of Architecture, at The Art Institute of Chicago.

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Library Journal Review

The annual Pritzker Architecture Prize, often described as the Nobel prize of architecture, was established by the Hyatt Foundation in 1979. The list of past Pritzker winners reads like an architectural who's who: Philip Johnson, James Stirling, Kenzo Tange, Frank O. Gehry, I.M. Pei, and, most recently, Renzo Piano have all won. This book, published by the Art Institute of Chicago on the occasion of an exhibit surveying the prize's 21-year history, is the only compilation of its kind. The ancillary information (introductory essays, a history of the prize, brief biographies of the architects, bibliographies, etc.) is useful, but the beauty of this volume is in its presentation of the "portfolios" of each winner's work (there are 370 illustrations, 200 in color). These great landmarks of modern architecture have been captured by the highest quality architectural photography, making this volume both informative and inspirational. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries.ÄJay Schafer, Bay Path Coll. Lib., Longmeadow, MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.