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By Pawson, John

This work is an essay by the architect John Pawson, both expressing and embodying the ideas of reduction, of simplicity, of austerity, of repetition. The pages reveal stark but beautiful images of architecture and engineering, of ceramics and furniture, of photography and works o...f art, from many periods and cultures, that all combine to express the idea of simplicity. As the author explains in a brief introduction, these ideas find their expression in art and design, and have their beginnings in the realms of religious and philosophical convictions. The austerity of a Cistercian monastery or the simplicity of a Zen garden are both emanations of the same urge to reduce, to make clear, to unburden. Through a sequence of carefully orchestrated pictures, this book clarifies the way in which this mode of thinking has inspired the work of artists and architects from Ancient Egypt to contemporary Mexico or Japan. Possibly most of all, this text is a work of art in its own right as its design and production values reinforce the ideas of the author.
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ISBN 9780714838175
Released NZ 11 Nov 1998
Publisher Phaidon Press Ltd
Format Hardback, New edition
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ISBN-13 9780714838175
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Status Availability and pricing is uncertain (no recent updates from publisher)
Publisher Phaidon Press Ltd
Imprint Phaidon Press Ltd
Released 11 Nov 1998
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Pawson, John
Series Phaidon Miniature Editions
Category History Of Art & Design Styles: From C 1900 -
Conceptual Art
Industrial / Commercial Art & Design
History Of Ideas, Intellectual History
Number of Pages 328
Dimensions Width: 136mm
Height: 156mm
Spine: 32mm
Dewey Code 709.04
Weight 635g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Simplicity in art, Architecture, Modern, 20th century, Design
NBS Text Fine Arts / Art History
ONIX Text General/trade

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