In Memory of Robert Venturi (1925-2018)
Book of the Day > Robert Venturi: Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture [SIGNED]. "First published in 1966, 'Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture' is the treatise printed as the first of "The Museum of Modern Art Papers on Architecture". Preceding "Learning from Las Vegas" by six years, it firmly solidified the then-forty year old Robert Venturi's place as one of the leading theoretical practitioners of the new wave of American architects. An exceptionally handsome example of the uncommon hardbound first edition bearing the BOLDLY SIGNED PRESENTATION "To Vaughan Cannon / from an admirer, / Bob Venturi / September 1968" in black ink on the front pastedown in a bright,white dust jacket showing a bit of brown spotting along the top edge of the textblock. The recipient, Vaughan Cannon Sr., was the longtime director of the Las Vegas office of the renowned Young Electric Sign Company - the firm responsible for designing and fabricating nearly all of the iconic neon hotel and casino signage from 'Vegas Vic' to 'Circus Circus' pictured in 'Learining From Las Vegas'. Foreword by Arthur Drexler. Introduction by Vincent Scully. New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1966. First Edition. 8vo. Cloth in Printed Dust Jacket. Architecture Monograph. Near Fine/Fine. 224pp, profusely illustrated in color b&w. "- $1,500.