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The city is my canvas
Haas, Richard, 1936-
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Munich ; New York : Prestel, [2001]

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95 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm
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N6537.H32 A4 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Contemporary trompe l'oeil artist Richard Haas transforms the drab exteriors of neglected buildings into breathtaking facades which seamlessly blend into their existing environments. The City Is My Canvas documents his architectural projects of the last twenty-five years, including several interiors, in dramatic "before" and "after" illustrations.

Author Notes

Richard Haas is a New York-based artist who has designed and executed public and private architectural murals since the early 1970s. His drawings, prints, gouaches, and models of buildings and cities have been included in over 150 exhibitions in the United States, Europe, and Asia and may be found in the permanent collections of many museums including the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, and the Walker Art Museum in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Beth Dunlop is a former architecture critic of the Miami Herald and the author of six books on architecture. She is the recipient of more than 30 awards for architectural criticism and is a regular contributor to House and Garden and Architectural Record

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If producing painted facades on the buildings of others counts as architecture, then Haas has been a major contributing architect to the civic beauty of urban areas over the last quarter century. The photos of 30 building exteriors and interiors, most in color and large enough to portray the work, form the book's core. Supplementing the large photos is a catalog of 36 projects with smaller photos. Both of these sections include brief comments about each project. Completing the book are two illustrated, written segments, both too brief, one an introduction by Haas, the other an essay by Beth Dunlop, an articulate critic and reporter about architecture. Wonderful as it is to have this book, lacking are the components that would make it more useful. It needs a bibliography; a discussion of the technical aspects of the artist's medium; a presentation of the techniques used to develop the design, translate it to the wall, and render it; comments about how Hass collaborates with architects on new buildings; and so forth. Solid binding, heavy paper, and clear photos, almost all in color, add to the book's attractiveness. General readers; lower-division undergraduates. C. W. Westfall University of Notre Dame

Table of Contents

Richard HaasBeth Dunlop
The City Is My Canvasp. 7
More Than Meets the Eyep. 11
Buildingsp. 20
Interiorsp. 68
Cataloguep. 79
Photo creditsp. 96