Carlo Scarpa Hardcover – 14 Oct 2013
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"Scarpa's career and working practices have been comprehensively researched and documented in Robert McCarter's new monograph for Phaidon Press... McCarter's carefully layered, first-hand narratives offer a rich evocation of each building project."―Disegno Daily
"...Illustrated with a handsome selection of sketches, plans and photographs... [Robert McCarter is] an engaging guide..."―Apollo
"In this substantial volume, McCarter leads us by the hand through Scarpa's achievements. He gives us a survey that is both vast, and in the spirit of Scarpa, meticulously detailed."―Curated Object
"With 350 images and drawings, Carlo Scarpa documents the architect's dramatic modernism - the sweeping red staircase of his Banca Popolare in Verona, his sleek concrete-and-wood Olivetti showroom in Venice - even as it celebrates his poetic vision?"―ELLE Decor
From the Inside Flap
The work of Carlo Scarpa challenged, and
continues to challenge, accepted notions
of modern architecture. While several books
have been published on his work, none has
approached the breadth and depth of this
monograph by Robert McCarter, who is
celebrated for his meticulously researched,
experientially based, and jargon-free accounts
of key figures in modern architecture. This
book is the definitive study of Scarpa's many
accomplishments, including such works at the
Canova Museum, the Castelvecchio Museum and
the Brion Cemetery, among others. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Prior reviews have criticized the book design, but I find it refreshing and graphically well-designed. Yes, some of the text is a bit close to the spine, requiring you to apply some force to spread the pages enough to read the content. But do not let the book design be the deterrent for purchasing this book.
I give this 4-stars only because the images were not quite as compelling as those found in Guido Beltramini's and Italo Zannier's book on Scarpa. Also, Taschen's book on Scarpa is worth getting as well.
If you want awesome photographs, get Beltramini's book. If you want a turn-by-turn walk-through, get McCarter's book. Or just get both of them like I did.
Since discovering him forty years ago I have bought and have read every word I could find in English on Carlo Scarpa, and partly due to the aforementioned opacity of the work stated by McCarter was skeptical of yet another treatise on him, by an architect/historian who I had not heard of. But from the first few pages I was absorbed in McCarter's knowledge, research, and crystal insights into this mystical opacity. (Opacity in Scarpa's instance being far from pejorative, but a gift for anyone who will approach the architecture with a sense of history, mind and heart.)
McCarter serves Scarpa well, and has given at least this longtime student of The Master a wonderful gift.
(P.S. to B. Olson: though I am as stated above not unsympathetic to your criticisms of the physical book itself, I would urge you to reconsider giving McCarter's work a one star rating, which at first glance - one of the misfortunes of the Amazon rating system - gives the casual reader of the reviews a negative view of a work of scholarship that you seem to in fact admire.)
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