First Edition of Gehry Draws; Signed by Frank Gehry
Item Number: 88133
Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2004.
First edition of the Canadian-born American architect’s book of architectural drawings. Octavo, original cloth, silver endpapers, illustrated. Inscribed by the author on the title page, “For William, Frank Gehry 2005.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Essays by Horst Bredekamp, Rene Daalder, and Mark Rappolt. Commentary by Frank Gehry, Edwin Chan, and Craig Webb. Edited by Mark Rappolt and Robert Violette.
Gehry Draws traces the architect's thinking through 32 major projects (both built and unbuilt) with more than 500 drawings (many of which have never before been published) and more than 400 additional illustrations -- providing a privileged view of the creative practice of a master architect. Horst Bredekamp's introduction relates Gehry's drawing methods to the concept of "disegno," as practiced by Leonardo and Durer -- not only the act of drawing and modeling but also the dynamics of creative thinking -- and shows how Gehry thinks through the curving movements of his hand on paper. Gehry himself describes for Bredekamp his method in several explanatory sketches, and Bredekamp applies this to a study of drawings made for specific Gehry commissions.Gehry Draws is produced in collaboration with Frank Gehry and his team at Gehry Partners. Project synopses and commentary by Gehry and two of his Partners and Project Designers, Edwin Chan and Craig Webb, guide us through the full range of Gehry production, from the small details of furniture design to such large-scale undertakings as the Disney Concert Hall and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. The drawings, illustrations, and text in Gehry Draws definitively place drawing at the heart of Frank Gehry's creative process.