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Oscar Niemeyer: Curves of Irreverence

Oscar Niemeyer: Curves of Irreverence


NIEMEYER. Philippou, Styliane

Cl. New Haven, 2008

SKU 76654

Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1907, Oscar Niemeyer is recognized as one of the world’s most fiercely original architects and the central figure of Brazilian architectural Modernism. The prolific designer of more than 600 buildings, Niemeyer has been in practice for seven decades. Architecture, he declares must be “functional, beautiful, and shocking.” Transgressing orthodox Modernist aesthetic doctrine and subverting hegemonic cultural models, his work privileged invention and affirmed spectacle and luxury, pleasure, beauty, and sensuality as legitimate architectural pursuits.The definitive account of Niemeyer's oeuvre. No dust jacket.

413 pp. Many illus.