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Charles Rennie Mackintosh : architect, artist, icon
McKean, John, 1943-
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Stillwater, MN : Voyageur Press, [2000?]
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160 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm
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N6797.M23 M37 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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This heavily illustrated book focuses on Charles Rennie Mackintosh's decorative arts, interiors, graphics, small objects, drawings, and illustrations. It includes many new and lesser-known images, as well as other classic Mackintosh trademarks.

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Booklist Review

McKean, professor of architecture at the University of Brighton, and photographer Colin Baxter provide an in-depth overview of the Scottish architect, painter, furniture designer, and graphic artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928). Scarcely dead before art critics began calling him a pioneer of modernism, the United Kingdom's master of art nouveau, and the last great Victorian architect, Mackintosh's reputation has withstood the test of time. This handsome hardcover coffee-table book amply demonstrates why, with McKean's informed and scholarly--but never dry or boring--text accompanied by more than 200 color photos, including both Baxter's contemporary photographs and many archival images. McKean doesn't aim to simply describe the work, providing the sort of "verbal guide" so often found in such books. Instead he examines the artist's life and work through a primary biographical and critical narrative and a secondary track that focuses pictorially on Mackintosh's various styles. Complete with endnotes, bibliography, and index, this well-conceived and knowledgeable study will appeal to a wide range of readers. --Whitney Scott

Library Journal Review

Although he died in obscurity, Mackintosh (1868-1928) is now considered by many to be one of the greatest originators of modern architecture and design and a giant of the Edwardian art world. Mackintosh aimed for art, but art for domestic purposes. He used the clean geometric lines associated with the Arts and Crafts movement but included an Art Nouveau element to achieve individual and striking designs. His work is so recognized now that many designs have made their way into museum gift catalogs, and his very stylized alphabet forms are available as digital fonts. McKean, an architecture professor and activist to save Mackintosh's Martyr School from demolition, has written previously on this amazing Scot and brings his passion to an impressively illustrated biography. Mackintosh's buildings are all illustrated with great care in Baxter's photographs, which are supplemented with many archive photos of buildings that have not survived. This work will stand well beside James Macaulay's Glasgow School of Art (Phaidon, 1993) and Elizabeth Wilhide's The Mackintosh Style: Design and Dcor (LJ 10/1/95); McKean's greater emphasis on Mackintosh's architecture in particular recommends it to most collections.DJoseph Hewgley, Nashville P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

(Oh, no! Not another book on Mackintosh!) Mackintosh was a great Scottish architect--the Frank Lloyd Wright of Scotland--who lived from 1868 to 1928, and already there are more than ten books out about him. What does this new volume contribute? First, the photographs are stunning, shot with intelligence and sensitivity that reveal Mackintosh in a new light. Second, the book embraces all of Mackintosh's oeuvre, not just architecture and interiors but paintings and decorative arts equally. The text is as intense and, in its own way, as introverted as Mackintosh's personality itself. McKean claims that Mackintosh apparently suffered from Asperger's Syndrome, an antisocial affliction of talented introverts, and his text follows Mackintosh on his introverted odyssey from his birthplace in Glasgow, Scotland, to his solitary death in London, England. McKean teaches architecture at the University of Brighton, England, and this is his third book on Mackintosh; photographer Baxter has produced more than 20 books of photographs, including three on Mackintosh. A moving testament and a loving tribute for libraries that seek depth and completeness on Mackintosh. General readers; graduate students; faculty; professionals. P. Kaufman; Boston Architectural Center

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 5
Overturep. 7
The French Painterp. 13
Profession or Art, a Tug-o-Warp. 27
The Real Thingp. 37
Art of Life, a Tug-o-Warp. 49
The Designer at Workp. 57
Only Dreams are Truep. 63
The Glasgow Tea Ceremonyp. 73
A Walk in Glasgowp. 79
An English Artistp. 83
Dying Practicep. 91
Authentic Glasgow Stylep. 95
Crisisp. 99
Bohemian Exilep. 109
Domestic Dreamsp. 115
New Waysp. 125
The Scottish Draughtsmanp. 131
Meaning in Architecturep. 135
A School of Artp. 141
Another Framep. 151
Brave, Truthful and Wanting to Get Things Perfectp. 155