VENTURI, Robert. Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture. Introduction by Vincent Scully. 143 pp. Illustrated with 350 black and white plates. 8vo., 200 x 145 mm, bound in publisher's cloth and printed dust wrapper. New York: Museum of Modern Art in association with The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Chicago, 1966.
First edition of this landmark publication, translated into 16 languages since its first appearance in 1966. "...This remarkable book has become an essential document in architectural literature. A 'gentle manifesto for a nonstraightforward architecture,' Venturi's Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture expresses in the most compelling and original terms the postmodern rebellion against the purism of modernism. Three hundred and fifty architectural photographs serve as historical comparisons and illuminate the author's ideas on creating and experiencing architecture. Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture was the winner of the Classic Book Award at the AIA's Seventh Annual International Architecture Book Awards." Dust jacket lightly soiled else a fine copy.
The Museum of Modern Art Papers of Architecture 1.
Item nr. 45258