Emilio Ambasz Steven Holl Architecture is an exhibition catalogue for the 1989 exhibition in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The exhibition was the 4th in the MoMa’s Gerald D. Hines Interests Architecture Program. The booklet presents works and projects by the Emilio Ambasz (b. 1943) and Steven Holl (b. 1947) whom Stuart Wrede, the then Director of the Department of Architecture and Design, describes as the leading members of a new generation that was formed in the aftermath of the collapse of modernist ideology.
Holl speaks of architecture and site as having “an experimental connection, a metaphysical link, a poetic link.” Ambasz speaks of architecture as a “mythmaking act,” and adds: “My work is a search for primal things – being born, being in love, and dying. It has to do with existence on an emotional, passionate, and essential level.” Both architects have been drawn to that modernist tradition that sought inspiration in the anonymous and primitive vernacular, in an effort to get back to a pure and mythical ground-zero architecture. As a result a certain simplicity, austerity, and abstraction characterise the work of each.
— Stuart Wrede, Emilio Ambasz Steven Holl Architecture, 1989, p. 2
The illustration in Emilio Ambasz Steven Holl Architecture consists of black-and-white architectural photographs and drawings.
The copy in stock is in good condition. There is only some slight yellowing on the edges of the pages and some shelf wear on the covers.