SCHINDLER. Gebhard and McCoy: R. M. SCHINDLER ARCHITECT. University of California, Santa Barbara, 1967.

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R. M. SCHINDLER ARCHITECT

David Gebhard and Esther McCoy

David Gebhard and Esther McCoy: R. M. SCHINDLER ARCHITECT. Santa Barbara: The Art Galleries, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1967. First edition. Slim squarish quarto.  Thick printed wrappers. 114 pp. Fully illustrated in black and white. Out-of-print and uncommon. Architectural historians’ bookplate inside front cover. Wrappers lightly worn, but a very good or better copy.

8 x 10 perfect-bound exhibition catalogue with 114 pages profusely illustrated with b/w examples of Schindler's architecture, interiors, furniture and more. Catalogue for the Exhibition at the Art Galleries, University of California, Santa Barbara, from March 30 to April 30 1967. This was the first exhibition devoted to the architecture of R. M. Schindler. Catalog designed by David Gebhard. Includes some photography by Julius Shulman.

"Each of my buildings deal with a different architectural problem, the existence of which has been forgotten in this period of Rational Mechanization. The question of whether a house is really a house is more important to me, than the fact that it is made of steel, glass, putty or hot air." - R. M. Schindler

Hailing from Vienna, Rudolph Michael Schindler (1887-1953), like his colleague Richard Neutra, emigrated to the US and applied his International Style techniques to the movement that would come to be known as California Modernism. Influenced by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and taking cues from spatial notions found in cubism, he developed a singular style characterized by geometrical shapes, bold lines, and association of materials such as wood and concrete, as seen in his own Hollywood home (built in 1921-22) and the house he designed for P.M. Lovell in Newport Beach (1923-24).

Today, Schindler is finally being regarded as an outstanding exponent of the Californian modernist style. His marginalized historical status traditionally has resulted from the architects' refusal to mimic the streamlined image of the popular modern architecture of the times. In 1932, when Philip Johnson and Henry-Russell Hitchcock organized the exhibition The International Style, they failed in invite Schindler. His prodigious output until his death  in 1953, helped him eventually escape the shadow of his compatriot Richard Neutra. Schindler designed over 500 buildings, more than 150 of which, mostly family residences, were actually built. His own residence in Kings Road, Hollywood (1922), and the beach house he designed for Philip Lovell (1926), has a lasting influence on the development of modern architecture in California.

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