Frank Gehry: The City and Music is the result of a unique collaboration between the architect and leading critic Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe. It focuses on two projects, Gehry's unrealised proposal for the rehabilitation of Berlin's Museum Island and his soon to be completed Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, while discussing other projects such as the Pavilion for the Performing Arts in Concord, California, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, and the Experience Music Project in Seattle. Gehry's much debated relationship to Minimalist sculpture, use of new building materials and attitude to tradition, are discussed with regard to his belief in architecture as a democratic practice which is at once practical and expressive.
Table of Contents
Introduction. Improbable Logic. Berlin: The Preservation of Insulation. Los Angeles: Music and the Idea of the Centre. Conclusion: The Practicality of Planes Taking Flight in Mass, Towards Colour.
Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe is a painter and art critic, and teaches in the graduate school at Art Center, Pasadena, California, USA. He has been awarded National Endowment for the Arts fellowships in painting and criticism as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship in painting, and in 1998 was presented with the Frank Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism by the College Art Association.
'Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe challenges us with every sentence, every paragraph, and every page to see the world - and especially the work of artists and architects such as Frank Gehry - anew. Gilbert-Rolfe's text is essential reading.' Richard Koshalek, Director Emeritus, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
'Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe powerfully demonstrates the significance of Frank Gehry's architecture. Frank Gehry: The City and Music positions Gehry's mature work as an exercise in liberation, an adventurous experiment with architectural materials, which nonetheless resonates with the client's programme.' Bruce Mau, Creative Director, Bruce Mau Design