James Casebere by Jeffrey Eugenides

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For the last 20 years, James Casebere has constructed increasingly complex small-scale architectural models that are carefully built and then subtly lit and photographed in the studio. These table-sized models are made of simple materials, pared down to essential forms, empty of both extraneous detail and action. Casebere's disconcerting ''sites'' recall prisons, monasteries, tunnels, factories and other such spaces. Casebere has gained increasing international acclaim in recent years as the leading proponent of what has become known as ''constructed photography.'' This is the first publication to comprehensively survey Casebere's career in its entirety, and provides an important contextual and visual framework in which to posit his soaring international reputation. His oeuvre can be seen in the full scope of its development, from his early preoccupation with the genre of the Western and the suburban home, to his concern with institutional buildings, to his recent investigations into the relationships between social control and social structures.
 

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James Casebere was born in 1953 in Lansing, Michigan, and received his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. He is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including grants from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Casebere has exhibited internationally and his work has been featured at the Whitney Museum of Art and the Laurent Delay Gallery in England. In addition, he has been commissioned to produce many public projects, among them the University of Washington in Seattle and the Staten Island Ferry Terminal in New York. Anthony Vidler is Dean and Professor of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union, New York. He is the author of "Warped Space: Art, Architecture, and Anxiety in Modern Culture" (2000), and "The Architectural Uncanny: Essays in the Modern Unhomely" (1992), both published by The MIT Press, and other books. Chang is a freelance writer. Jeffrey Eugenides is a novelist. His first book, The Virgin Suicides, earned him comparisons to such writers as William Wharton and Alice McDermott. The book's first chapter, which describes a teenaged girl jumping out of a window and impaling herself on a fence, won the 1991 Aga Khan Prize for Fiction. Eugenides also received a Whiting Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. His other works include Middlesex and The Marriage Plot. Eugenides was named by Granta magazine as one of the 20 best American novelists under 40.
 
Published August 2, 2001 by Charta. 176 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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