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Charles Rennie Mackintosh: Architect, Artist, Icon [Hardcover]

John McKean , C. Baxter , Colin Baxter
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Oct 2000
An introductory guide to the work of Scotland's renowned architect, artist and designer, his buildings, furniture, textile designs, paintings and drawings, and where to see them in Glasgow and elsewhere. Colour photographs throughout by Colin Baxter.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Lomond Books; 1st ed edition (Oct 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0947782087
  • ISBN-13: 978-0947782085
  • Product Dimensions: 30.6 x 24.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 792,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John McKean, having trained as architect and then historian, worked also as journalist and critic before spending a dozen years as the Professor of Architecture at Brighton University England. He is found at
Recently concentrating on writing, painting, drawing and freelance lecturing, he has been involved in a complete rewriting of the standard world history of architecture known as 'Banister Fletcher,' following the last edition by Dan Cruickshank.
Mainly writing about the social history of architecture and design in the past 150 years, John has on TV (BBC and C4) variously discussed The Crystal Palace and The Royal Festival Hall about each of which he wrote a monograph, and appeared in a major BBC4 documentary on the architect Daniel Libeskind whom he has known from student days.
His first book was on the European and English modernist architect Walter Segal (English/German parallel texts, 1989), his last on the key 20th Century Italian architect Giancarlo De Carlo (English and French versions, 2004).
Over the years he has written books on Charles Rennie Mackintosh, from small introductory volumes, and a continually updated Pocket Guide, to a major study of his life (2000, second edition 2001) called Charles Rennie Mackintosh; Architect, Artist, Icon. He continues to work on Mackintosh - and he adds a warning to readers: do not be confused by books by him with incredibly similar titles but different publishers and very different contents!
Two of John McKean's books have won awards, two have been among the 'books of the year' and one was the 'book of the month' in leading architectural journals; his 'Architect, Artist, Icon' book on Mackintosh reached the Guardian/Observer bestseller list for art books.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just Right for the General Mackintosh Enthusiast 20 Aug 2009
By Dr. R. Brandon TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This lavishly illustrated coffee table book is clearly aimed at the numerous visitors who travel to the various Mackintosh sites in Glasgow where they will invariably find this work on sale. The book is written in self-contained chapters and does not progress in a straightforward chronological fashion but rather looks at different aspects of the life and work of Mackintosh from various viewpoints. That said, a complete reading of the book will give an excellent review of his artistic and architectural accomplishments and also an eerily emotional closeness to his personal disappointments and social difficulties. The author has chosen to write in a style which I can only describe as a 'commentary' and although initially disconcerting it does work very well. As the book is constructed in self-contained episodes some key facts are necessarily repeated but this is not a bad thing. Professor McKean is clearly on top of his subject and very sympathetic to the case for Mackintosh as an outstanding architect and this gives a nice feel to the book. A very interesting work with many fine photographs by Colin Baxter, and probably just right for the general Mackintosh enthusiast who is not a specialist on the subject. Readers should be aware, however, that this is a rather sad tale.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected 4 Oct 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Did not realise you could get books this small, should have known better by the price next time pay more and get bigger, and better hopefully.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing book 27 April 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This was not what I expected. It is basically just pictures of this great man's work. I was expecting a book that I could read. There were no pictures that I have not already seen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Genius 5 Feb 2014
By Greeno
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A great intro to the genius that was CRM, concentrates on pictures of the work rather than opinions about the work.
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