Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780936316390 Published February 2015

Drawing Ambience

Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association

Igor Marjanovic and Jan Howard

Igor Marjanovic and Jan Howard

Distributed for Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum

With Contributions by Nicholas Boyarsky, Beau Johnson, and Sarah Rovang
156 pages | 125 color plates | 6 1/2 x 9 3/4
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780936316390 Published February 2015
This richly illustrated volume showcases the impressive collection of drawings assembled by Alvin Boyarsky during his pivotal tenure as chairman of the Architectural Association (AA) in London from 1971 until his death in 1990. As chairman, Boyarsky orchestrated an ambitious exhibition and publication program that situated drawing as not only a representational tool but as a form of architecture in its own right. This book brings together an iconic set of drawings by some of the most prominent architects and artists of our time—including Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind, Mary Miss, OMA–Rem Koolhaas, Eduardo Paolozzi, Bernard Tschumi, Shin Takamatsu, and others. The combination of critical texts and close-up reproductions of prints, drawings, and the limited edition AA Folio series provides an unprecedented opportunity to explore both the techniques and the imaginative spirit of drawing practices that permeated this time of change and experimentation in architecture worldwide.
Copublished with the RISD Museum
Guardian, on the exhibition
“Upends familiar ideas about progression, succession and antecedence.”
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, on the exhibition
"The works on display in Drawing Ambience reveal that some of the finest architectural minds of our time were indeed visionaries."
ArchDaily, on the exhibition
“A treasure trove of early architectural drawings from the world’s leading architects.”
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