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Western Architecture.

Western Architecture. Ian Sutton. New York: Thames & Hudson, (800-233-4830) 1999 Illus., 384 pp., softcover, $16.95

The recent addition to the long-running and always worthwhile World of Art series of art history publications, examines the history of Western Architecture from the classical constructions of Greece and Rome up to the present-day deconstruction style of Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. All important movements between these two architectural bookends--Romanesque, Norman, Gothic, Renaissance, Mannerism, Baroque, Neo-Classicism, Art Nouveau, Modernism and Post-Modernism--are treated in depth with informed text and numerous photographs. There are, in fact, 456 illustrations and architectural forms representing a consensus of all the world's most significant architectural masterpieces. Beyond the aesthetic form and practical function of architecture, the book also provides information and insight about related social and political events. Featured American architects are H.H. Richardson, Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, Phillip Johnson, Frank Gehry, Michael Graves and Richard Meter. Multiple examples of work by important architects are common. For example, Wright is represented by photos of Fallingwater, New York's Guggenheim Museum and the Marin County Civic Center. The book concludes with an excellent glossary replete with extensive definitions and clearly labeled diagrams.
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Title Annotation:Review
Author:Anderson, Kent
Publication:School Arts
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Dec 1, 1999
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