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THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK

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Clth, 9.5 x 12 in. / 320 pgs / 559 color.

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CATALOG: SPRING 2015 p. 21   

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New York
The Museum of Modern Art, 03/29/15-07/12/15

The first comprehensive book on Latin American postwar architecture in 60 years

ARCHITECTS INCLUDE:
■ Lina Bo Bardi
■ Luis Barragán
■ Félix Candela
■ Lucio Costa
■ Eladio Dieste
■ Ricardo Legorreta
■ Rogelio Salmona
■ Oscar Niemeyer
■ Mario Pani
■ Carlos Raúl Villanueva
■ Roberto Burle Marx
■ Affonso Eduardo Reidy

  

THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK

Latin America in Construction

Architecture 1955–1980

Published by The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Edited by Barry Bergdoll, Carlos Eduardo Comas, Jorge Francisco Liernur, Patricio del Real.

Featured image is: Luis Barragán, “Torres de Satélite (1957), Ciudad Satélite, Naucalpan de Juárez, outskirts of Mexico City, State of México, Perspective view of the towers.” Undated. Color chalk on cardboard. 28.3 x 28.7 “. Barragán Archives, Barragan Foundation, Switzerland © 2014 Barragan Foundation,
Switzerland / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

This groundbreaking book explores postwar Latin American architecture during the dynamic years between 1955 and 1980--a period of extraordinary architectural creativity set against the backdrop of massive urbanization, nation-building, and political upheaval.

Key architects include Lina Bo Bardi, Luis Barragan, Félix Candela, Oscar Niemeyer, and Carlos Raul Villanueva, but the authors also significantly expand the cannon by including stellar--and often previously unpublished--work by lesser-known names such as Fernando Martínez Sanabria, Eladio Dieste and Jesús Tenreiro. The book is organized like an atlas, covering architecture in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

Across the region, unprecedented urbanization and modernization during these key years created an urgent need for new buildings, particularly for educational, residential and public spaces. University campuses proved especially conducive for architectural creativity, and the book provides documentation on the design of educational complexes, notably Carlos Raúl Villanueva’s Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas and UNAM in Mexico City.  Multiple experiments to improve housing include stunning projects such as PREVI (Projecto Experimental de Vivienda) housing experiment in Lima, Peru, and Lina Bo Bardi's work in São Paulo and Salvador. Other highlights include Clorindo Testa’s Banco de Londres in Buenos Aires, Rogelio Salmona's Torres del Parque in Bogotá, and, of course, the creation of the planned city of Brasília.

Throughout, the authors set the work in dialogue with Le Corbusier’s modernism and Brutalism, as well as with the political ideologies of the time, notably Developmentalism. Together, the material challenges the widely accepted notion of Latin America as a testing ground for innovations developed in Europe and the United States, and brings to light the high quality and radical originality of architecture and urban planning in this vast and complex region.

Published in conjunction with a major exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Latin America in Construction is edited by Barry Bergdoll, Curator, and Patricio del Real, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design, MoMA; Jorge Francisco Liernur, Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Carlos Eduardo Comas, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil; and includes essays by over a dozen experts in the field. The 320-page book includes some 500 reproductions, providing a rich collection of visual resources on Latin American architecture, ranging from archival photographs, ephemera, drawings, models, and construction documents to striking contemporary color photographs of key buildings by the accomplished Brazilian architectural photographer Leonardo Finotti.

Readers of Latin America in Construction will be stunned by the sheer quantity of extraordinary buildings, the breathtaking speed of urban transformation and the enormous variety of architectural innovation.



Barry Bergdoll is the Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University and served as the Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at MoMA from 2007 to 2013. He has been praised for "activist's sense of urgency and an academic's insistence on rigor." He is the author of European Architecture 1750–1890 (Oxford University Press, 200) in addition to the MoMA catalogues for Henri Labrouste, Home Delivery and Mies in Berlin. In his ongoing role as a part-time curator at MoMA, he is preparing an exhibition on Brazillian architect Lina BoBardi.

Carlos Eduardo Comas is Professor at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Jorge Francisco Liernur is Professor and former dean of the architecture school at The Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Patricio del Real is a Curatorial Assistant at The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Featured image is: Luis Barragán, “Torres de Satélite (1957), Ciudad Satélite, Naucalpan de Juárez, outskirts of Mexico City, State of México, Perspective view of the towers.” Undated. Color chalk on cardboard. 28.3 x 28.7 “. Barragán Archives, Barragan Foundation, Switzerland © 2014 Barragan Foundation, Switzerland / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

Bookforum

Tony Wood

It serves, then, not only as a much-delayed sequel to the 1955 show, but as an autopsy for a dead epoch.

Choice

L.E. Carranza

Generously and comprehensively illustrated with historical and contemporary images of the most important work produced in Latin America... an important resource. Essential.

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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 6/10/2015

Latin America in Construction

Latin America in ConstructionDetail of Peruvian architect Miguel Rodrigo Mazuré's 1969 rendering for an unbuilt Machu Picchu hotel is reproduced from Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955–1980, the catalogue to the critically acclaimed exhibition currently on view at MoMA. In his New York Times review, Michael Kimmelman wrote, "What got built through the 1970s in places like Havana and Buenos Aires, Mexico City and Lima included some of the most inspired architecture of the modern age. The show is an eye-opener, rectifying a long-skewed, Eurocentric worldview, shedding light on a period neglected for generations outside the region. It’s the sort of exhibition MoMA still does best." Ditto for this enlightening volume, which belongs on every architect's bookshelf. continue to blog


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