Martin Filler

Brigitte Lacombe

Martin Filler

Martin Filler’s latest book is Makers of Modern Architecture, Volume III: From Antoni Gaudí to Maya Lin, a collection of his writing on architecture in these pages. (December 2022)

Whips and Vines

Recent books and exhibitions reveal that behind its undulating lines and swirling excesses, Art Nouveau was far more complex and nuanced than we once believed.

Aubrey Beardsley, 150 Years Young

an exhibition at the Grolier Club, New York City, September 8–November 12, 2022

Art Nouveau Architecture

by Anne Anderson

Henry van de Velde: Selected Essays, 1889–1914

edited by Katherine M. Kuenzli, translated from the French and German by Elizabeth Tucker

Hector Guimard: How Paris Got Its Curves

an exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York City, November 18, 2022–May 21, 2023; and the Richard H. Driehaus Museum, Chicago, June 22, 2023–January 7, 2024

Hector Guimard: Art Nouveau to Modernism

catalog of the exhibition edited by David A. Hanks, with contributions by Barry Bergdoll, Sarah D. Coffin, Isabelle Gournay, Philippe Thiébaut, Georges Vigne, Alisa Chiles, and Yao-Fen You

Art Nouveau: Art, Architecture and Design in Transformation

by Charlotte Ashby

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December 22, 2022 issue

Xanadu’s Architect

Despite designing over seven hundred buildings, the pioneering female architect Julia Morgan is now best known for a single, extremely eccentric commission: San Simeon, the estate of the legendary newspaper proprietor William Randolph Hearst.

Julia Morgan: An Intimate Biography of the Trailblazing Architect

by Victoria Kastner, with photography by Alexander Vertikoff

Julia Morgan: The Road to San Simeon: Visionary Architect of the California Renaissance

by Gordon L. Fuglie, Jeffrey Tilman, Karen McNeill, Johanna Kahn, Elizabeth McMillian, Kirby William Brown, and Victoria Kastner

September 22, 2022 issue

Hollywood’s Master Builder

The African-American architect Paul R. Williams channeled the glamorous but breezy spirit of the Golden Age of Hollywood in designs that allowed his clients and the public to imagine themselves in fantasies akin to those spun out by the great movie studios.

Paul R. Williams: Classic Hollywood Style

by Karen E. Hudson, with photography by Benny Chan and a foreword by Michael S. Smith

Paul R. Williams

by Marc Appleton, Stephen Gee, and Bret Parsons

Regarding Paul R. Williams: A Photographer’s View

by Janna Ireland

Hollywood’s Architect: The Paul R. Williams Story

a documentary film directed by Royal Kennedy Rodgers and Kathy McCampbell Vance

October 21, 2021 issue

Planning an Aryan Paradise

The Nazis had ambitious plans for reshaping Norwegian architecture and infrastructure.

Hitler’s Northern Utopia: Building the New Order in Occupied Norway

by Despina Stratigakos

Legacies of the Nazi Camps in Norway: Falstad 1941–49

by Trond Risto Nilssen and Jon Reitan

Kathe—Always Been in Norway

by Espen Søbye, translated from the Norwegian by Kerri Pierce, with an introduction by Sarah Wildman

May 13, 2021 issue

The E.1027 house, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France, designed by Eileen Gray, 1926–1929

Eileen Gray’s Infinite Possibilities

Eileen Gray

an exhibition at the Bard Graduate Center Gallery, New York City, February 29–October 28, 2020. (The gallery is temporarily closed, and will reopen on October 13.)

Eileen Gray: Her Life and Work

by Peter Adam

Eileen Gray: E.1027, 1926–1929

by Wilfried Wang, Peter Adam, and others

Eileen Gray: A House Under the Sun

by Charlotte Malterre-Barthes and Zosia Dzierżawska

In Conversation with Eileen Gray

a documentary film by Michael Pitiot

Gray Matters

a documentary film by Marco Orsini

The Price of Desire

a film by Mary McGuckian

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September 24, 2020 issue

Gordon Bunshaft, 1957; behind him is the Connecticut General Life Insurance building, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 1953–1957

Modernism, Inc.

Gordon Bunshaft and SOM: Building Corporate Modernism

by Nicholas Adams

April 23, 2020 issue

Walter Gropius with the design for his and Adolf Meyer’s entry for the 1922 Chicago Tribune Tower competition, 1928

The Unsinkable Modernist

Walter Gropius and the Bauhaus

Gropius: The Man Who Built the Bauhaus

by Fiona MacCarthy

The Bauhaus and Harvard

an exhibition at the Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, Massachusetts, February 8–July 28, 2019

Bauhaus: Weimar, Dessau, Berlin, Chicago

by Hans M. Wingler

September 26, 2019 issue

The front façade of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; designed by Frank Furness, 1871–1876

The ‘Bold Vagaries’ of Frank Furness

Frank Furness: Architecture in the Age of the Great Machines

by George E. Thomas, with a foreword by Alan Hess

First Modern: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

by George E. Thomas

June 27, 2019 issue

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