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Art throughout the ages and architecture.

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The sinuous forms and lavish decorations of Antonio Gaudí (1852-1926) broke the mold in architecture. "His imagination burnt holes through the musty pattern books," writes Gijs van Hensbergen. "His gift was an amazing capacity to imagine a building and then transform it into reality." Gaudí's fantastical creations give Barcelona an appearance unlike any other city in the world. One of the paradoxes that informs his many-layered biography is that this most original of architects was politically conservative and profoundly Catholic, fired by the desire to celebrate the history and culture of his native Catalonia. Hensbergen, author of books on art deco and travel in Spain, devotes a good deal of his book to situating Gaudí's life and thoug... Rest of this review on the detail page
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This stunning tribute to the World Trade Center focuses on the history and architecture of the buildings and the lower Manhattan neighborhood where they stood with over 80 full-color photographs. A portion of the proceeds are donated to the NYC Fireman's Education Fund.
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With this book artist Ryan McGinness has made a unique one-of-a-kind visual portrait of the comedian Carrot Top and taken contemporary portraiture into a new realm. This is a definitive new form of art book, portrait, and biography; an outrageous collaboration between a contemporary artist and a celebrity performer.
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