Complexity and Contradiction at Fifty
First published in 1966, Robert Venturis Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture is widely considered a foundational text of postmodernism and has become an essential document in architectural theory and criticism. This two-volume boxed set pairs a facsimile of the original edition with a compendium of new scholarship on and around Venturis seminal treatise. Essays by leading architecture historians and criticsa number of which were presented at a conference co-organized by The Museum of Modern Art to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Complexity and Contradiction in 2016address issues such as the circumstances of the books publication, its prose style, and its relationship to Venturis own built work, or reflect on broader themes, among them the politics of the architectural profession, the idea of complexity in the mid-1960s, and the connection between architecture and modern art. Additional short commentaries by distinguished contemporary practitioners likewise attest to the books enduring influence. Together, these two volumes expand the horizons ofand introduce a new generation toVenturis gentle manifesto.
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