Conversations with Frank Gehry

Barbara Isenberg, Author . Knopf $40 (320p) ISBN 978-0-307-26800-6

With such signature buildings as the Guggenheim Bilbao and the Disney Center in Los Angeles, Frank Gehry has been called “the most famous architect in the world.” These conversations, edited from interviews California-based writer Isenberg (Making It Big ) began with Gehry in the 1980s, cover topics from his first buildings—made as a boy from chips of firewood on his grandmother's floor—to current large-scale projects like a $3 billion redesign for Grand Avenue in downtown L.A. There is talk about the architectural politics of Los Angeles and the practical aspects of running a large architectural office. And while Gehry never name-drops, readers do get a sense of the celebrity and high-finance crowds in which he circulates. Gehry says he has always been more influenced by artists than by other architects, and those influences range from such friends as Robert Rauschenberg to Vermeer and Hieronymus Bosch. Whether designing jewelry or museums, he sketches constantly and his assistants build dozens of models before reaching a final design. Illustrations of these preliminary steps and of realized buildings add a visual component to the wide-ranging and informative conversations. 165 color and 41 b&w illus. (Apr.)

Reviewed on: 02/09/2009
Release date: 04/01/2009
Genre: Nonfiction
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