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The architecture of R.M. Schindler
Schindler, R. M. (Rudolph M.), 1887-1953.
Publication Information:
Los Angeles, Calif. : Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles ; New York : In association with Harry N. Abrams, [2001]

Physical Description:
284 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
General Note:
Published to accompany an exhibition held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Calif., Feb. 25-June 3, 2001, National Building Museum, Washington, D.C., June 29-Oct. 7, 2001, and the MAK--Austrian Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria, Nov. 13, 2001-Feb. 10, 2002.
R.M. Schindler : an architecture of invention and intuition / Elizabeth A.T. Smith -- Life at Kings Road : as it was, 1920-1940 / Robert Sweeney -- Schindler's metaphysics : space, the machine, and modernism / Richard Guy Wilson -- Contextualizing "space architecture" : what the Schindler archive reveals / Kurt G.F. Helfrich -- The vulnerable architecture of R.M. Schindler / Michael Darling.
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NA737.S35 A4 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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The most comprehensive volume on one of the most innovative architects of the 20th-century. Contains many never-published drawings & photographs. -- Tie-in with Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Author Notes

Elizabeth A. T. Smith, chief curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago since 1999, was formerly curator at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, where she organized exibitions including "Blueprints for Modern Living: History and legacy of the Case Study Houses," "Urban Revisions: Current Projects for the Public Realm," and "At the End of the Century: One Hundred Years of Architecture." She has also curated exhibitions on the work of artists including Cindy Sherman, Rebecca Horn, Lee Bontecou, Uta Barth, Toba Khedoori, and Catherine Opie.

She was Adjunct Professor in the School of Fine Arts' Public Art Studies Program at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and has published and lectured widely on a variety of topics in contemporary art and architecture.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

In life, avant-garde West Coast architect Rudolf Schindler had his loyal admirers, but he was largely dismissed by prominent tastemakers for perceived transgressions against Modernist design principles. Only long after his death in 1953 have serious efforts gone into assessing his oeuvre. The books reviewed here are welcome additions to the now-burgeoning field of Schindler studies. The Architecture of R.M. Schindler offers five scholarly essays and a wealth of illustrations and photos. Curators Smith and Darling compiled the catalog to accompany a major retrospective put together by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and traveling to Washington, DC, and Vienna, Austria. The text examines the distinct phases of his creative evolution from 1912 until his death but breaks no new ground, except perhaps for disclosures found in recently released personal correspondence detailing the bohemian life Schindler and family led at his west Los Angeles home. It is this landmark 1921 house that is the subject of Schindler House, a happy collaboration between one-time resident Smith (Frank Lloyd Wright: Hollyhock House and Olive Hall) and photographer Mudford. As his own home, Schindler built one of the most startlingly original structures of the 20th century, provoking both fulsome praise and bewildered condemnation. Probing its history and presenting the structure from all angles, this slim volume does more to promote an appreciation of this legendary abode than any prior publication. Schindler House is a most attractive purchase for large public and academic libraries. Comprehensive architecture collections should have The Architecture of R.M. Schindler. For general collections, the most balanced treatment remains David Gebhard's Schindler (William Stout, 1997. reprint). David Solt‚sz, Cuyahoga Cty. P.L., Parma, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

R.M. Schindler ranks among the foremost architects of the 20th century. This assertion would have been summarily regarded with skepticism until very recently. Although internationally known during his lifetime, Schindler's place in architecture fell far below the Olympian status attained by modernism's great "form givers," including Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, Walter Gropius, and Richard Neutra. He was consciously ignored or marginalized by most critics and his practice remained at a modest scale, confined mostly to residential buildings in his adopted home of southern California. Yet Schindler was both a pioneer and a master of the modern movement whose propensity for ongoing experimentation and array of innovative solutions was profound. His work was complex, challenging, and resisted the resolution and coherence cultivated by others. This elegant catalog and the accompanying exhibition, which is probably the largest devoted to Schindler's work to date, are part of an ongoing effort to place their subject front and center in the history of modern architecture. The book presents five scholarly essays and an array of stunning historical and contemporary images that make it an indispensable reference. No publication puts Schindler in a better light. A related work is Kathryn Smith's Schindler House (CH, Jul'01). Upper-division undergraduates and up. R. Longstreth George Washington University