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Weekend Utopia: Modern Living in the Hamptons (Anglais) Relié – 1 mai 2001
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The Hamptons, New York's fashionable summer beach resorts, are well known as weekend havens for city-dwellers who relish their idyllic setting on the Atlantic shore. Once quiet agricultural land, Eastern Long Island first became popular among artists, architects, writers, and society patrons in the 1920s, when it served as a breeding ground for modernism. From the avant-garde influence of luminaries like Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell, and Willem de Kooning, to the high modernism of Le Corbusier, Philip Johnson, and Richard Meier, new ideas about art, architecture, and modern living transformed the Hamptons and ultimately made it the destination of choice for those seeking respite from the battles of Wall Street and Madison Avenue. In Weekend Utopia Alastair Gordon traces this fascinating and complicated trajectory, both in architectural terms-looking at modest beach houses and modern mansions alike-and in the life stories of the world-famous artists and designers, whose influence is felt on 'The Island' even today. Over 175 photographs and illustrations detail the architecture, interiors, and nuances of these beautiful weekend homes, and provide an intimate portrait of the people who inhabit them. This engrossing book combines architectural history with a broad social perspective and paints a comprehensive picture of an area that in many ways shaped modern American culture.
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Warmed Me Up on Winter Weekend
le 23 février 2002 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Finally got the chance to sit and read Gordon's excellent text in Weekend Utopia. The book goes way beyond an illustrated coffee book. Gordon manages to weave together stories about the characters who shaped the place (like developer Carl Fisher who created Montauk to be the "Miami Beach of the North")with stories about the flamboyant architecture, post-war artists like Pollock and Motherwell and his own personal memories as a boy spending summers there. While the book has a large format with hundreds of illustrations it is most readable and explains so much about how a rural American landscape was transformed into a resort for show-offs. I loved it and can't comprehend what reviewers from Hong Kong and the Netherlands were talking about. It is neither trying to be a professional book on architecture nor a cheap gossip book about pseudo-celebrities. It is an intelligent cultural history that also happens to be well designed and illustrated. It warmed my soul on a chilly winter weekend and made me want to go to the beach as soon as possible.
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le 4 juin 2001 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Without a doubt the best book on the Hamptons! A must for anyone who wants to understand the evolution of exclusive communities in the US. Cleverly disguised as a coffee table book, it is filled with extraordinary and beautiful photographs, sketches and architectural drawings. Gordon, in his long essay, lays out the history of the place with insight, humor and fascinating detail. The scope is vast and should rivet your attention whether or not you find the Hamptons themselves worth thinking about. Anyone who wants to better understand understand one of the fundamental motivations of American culture and society should sit down with 'Weekend Utopia', preferably on the beach on a warm Sunday.
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Don't shoot the messenger
le 5 juillet 2001 - Publié sur Amazon.com
I'm a bit mystified by the comments below that seem to implicate this book and its author in what the Hamptons have become. To the contrary, Weekend Utopia celebrates happier days pre-mega mansions: when culture and architecture and some fascinating characters created some truly exceptional houses, most of them modest in scale. In fact, today's Hamptons home-builders could learn a lesson or two from this book (like small can be very beautiful), and stop the further despoilment of what the Hamptons used to be: something Weekend Utopia shows with great clarity and style. This wonderful book is certainly no apologia for the mess that awaits you at the end of I-495...
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le 19 juin 2001 - Publié sur Amazon.com
This booked turned an ordinary middle of the week evening into a time-travel weekend getaway for me. If Barbarella had a beach house, it would be in this book. I keep coming back to it for the sense of place and experimentation on every page, and to wonder at how much architecture of essence is concentrated in one spot on the map. It strips away the glam veneer of the so-called Hamptons to show how creative minds used creative materials to construct fantastic but livable houses. I'm glad they're all in one book so I can escape any day of the week.
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An interesting if sad look back
le 27 juin 2001 - Publié sur Amazon.com
I agree with the reviewer who said that the Hamptons were ruined long ago -- by the very succession of waves of development that this book touts. I do love looking at some of the quality design of the past that this book shows, but the new reality is overbuilding and, even worse, tasteless building. The feeling of getting away to a charming, easy-going, and low-key place with rural roots is gone forever in the Hamptons. We left because of the continuing intrusion of the nouveau riche who are more interested in showing off than in quietly relaxing-----peoplewho have now made the Hamptons a decidedly UNCOOL place to be.
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