-The Wall Street Journal "This gorgeous collection of houses handcrafted by some of America's finest artists is not only a must-read but a must-examine-closely." --The Chicago Tribune "There's ample opportunity for both looking and learning with Artists' Handmade Houses."
"Freeman's ability to capture details . . . coupled with a good eye for scale, gives the reader a true sense of place; Gotkin's insightful text is an added delight, deepening readers' appreciation of the design that makes each home so unique."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2011-04-25
- Reviewer: Staff
From the first spread, of ceramicist Henry Chapman Mercer's Fonthill, a Pennsylvania castle built, of reinforced raw concrete, around an existing farmhouse, it's clear that Gotkin and Freeman's collection of unique residences is more than a fawning photo shoot. The duo's study 13 artist residences, from the warm homestead and workspace of California woodworker Sam Maloof to the sprawling, cave-like Arizona compound of Paolo Soleri, with its massive display of windbells, to the ornate and austere Olana, home to painter Frederic Edwin Church. Though the 15-room White Pines—part of the Byrdcliffe art colony near Woodstock—built by the late Ralph Radcliffe Whitehead and Jane Byrd McCall hasn't been truly lived in for decades, a workroom cluttered with unglazed pots suggests that the couple have just stepped out for a walk. Freeman's ability to capture details like these, coupled with a good eye for scale, gives the reader a true sense of place; Gotkin's insightful text is an added delight, deepening readers' appreciation of the design that makes each home so unique. Though few readers will be able to find much to emulate–Soleri's ceramics studio looks like something from the set of Star Wars, for example–this is still a stunning appreciation of creativity, thrift, and ingenuity. (Apr.)