For me Chicago always and primarily was the ci…

For me Chicago always and primarily was the city of Mies, the city of elegant curtain-walls and of course the city of Louis Sullivan and FLW‘s Robie House. But Julius Shulman’s photographs presented in „Julius Shulman: Chicago Mid-Century Modernism“, published in 2010 by Rizzoli, show a different Chicago, one with a rich mid-century modern heritage: houses by among others the Keck brothers, Harry Weese, Ralph Rapson and Edward Dart have been stunningly captured by the master. Unfortunately some of the houses have seen rather insensitive interior alterations with different flooring and all too flashy furniture. Another slight letdown is the somewhat bumpy prose of author Gary Gand whose texts, although well-researched and enriched with interesting facts about the different buildings’ genesis, appear to lack proper proofreading. Nonetheless the book is an important piece of Shulman literature that in lush reproductions presents the photographer’s final project. So if you love Shulman and/or mid-century architecture don’t hesitate to buy this book!

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