Conversations with Frank Gehry

Conversations with Frank Gehry

by Barbara Isenberg, Frank O. Gehry

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An unprecedented, intimate, and richly illustrated portrait of Frank Gehry, one of the world’s most influential architects. Drawing on the most candid, revealing, and entertaining conversations she has had with Gehry over the last twenty years, Barbara Isenberg provides new and fascinating insights into the man and his work.

Gehry’s subjects range from his childhood—when he first built cities with wooden blocks on the floor of his grandmother’s kitchen—to his relationships with clients and his definition of a “great” client. We learn about his architectural influences (including Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright) and what he has learned from Michelangelo, Rembrandt, and Rauschenberg.

We explore the thinking behind his designs for the Guggenheim Bilbao and the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the redevelopment of Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn and Grand Avenue in Los Angeles, the Gehry Collection at Tiffany’s, and ongoing projects in Toronto, Paris, Abu Dhabi, and elsewhere. And we follow as Gehry illuminates the creative process by which his ideas first take shape—for example, through early drawings for the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, when the building’s trademark undulating curves were mere scribbles on a page. Sketches, models, and computer images provided by Gehry himself allow us to see how so many of his landmark buildings have come to fruition, step by step.

Conversations with Frank Gehry
is essential reading for everyone interested in the art and craft of architecture, and for everyone fascinated by the most iconic buildings of our time, as well as the man and the mind behind them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307268006
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/21/2009
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 992,939
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Barbara Isenberg writes and lectures about the arts. Formerly a staff reporter for the Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal, she has also written for Time, Esquire, and London’s Sunday Times. Her books include Making It Big: The Diary of a Broadway Musical and State of the Arts: California Artists Talk About Their Work. She received a Distinguished Artist Award from the Los Angeles Music Center and has been a Visiting Scholar at the Getty Research Institute. She lives in Los Angeles.

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The book transcribes conversations between Barbara Isenberg and Frank O. Gehry. It's very interesting and insightful for those interested in the life and work of Frank O. Gehry. The question and answer format is very easy to read and follow. I'm not sure what the editing process was like, and what was removed from the actual interviews and conversations, but it would be a great treat to see more volumes of these conversations. I'm particularly interested in the autobiographical quality of the conversations. Barbara Isenberg does a great job at asking the right questions to get Gehry to speak about his life and work.