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UK £45.00
US $70.00
Hardback with jacket
256 pages
180 colour illustrations
29 x 25 cm (11.5 x 9.75 in)
ISBN: 978-1-8589-4681-8
Château La Coste
Art and Architecture in Provence

Robert Ivy and Alistair Hicks

Photography by Alan Karchmer

Forewords by Tadao Ando, JR and Ai Weiwei

Château La Coste, near Aix-en-Provence, is a unique property that features sculptural artworks by leading contemporary artists alongside works by some of the world’s best-known architects, all within the grounds of a working organic vineyard. Since 2002 the estate, which occupies an ancient site, has been transformed into a remarkable plein-air museum, and the number of installations – most created in situ, especially for this location – grows every year. In this stunning new book, Robert Ivy and Alistair Hicks explore each artwork and structure in depth. Their insightful commentaries are accompanied by specially commissioned images by the acclaimed architectural photographer Alan Karchmer. Ivy's introduction outlines the creation of the property by its owner, Patrick McKillen, and thereafter the book takes the form of a walk through the domaine, so that the reader is able to experience Château La Coste as a visitor would, from Tadao Ando’s minimalist concrete gate – an emphatic statement of modernity in the landscape – to Jean-Michel Wilmotte’s repurposed exhibition space, the Old Winestore Gallery. Throughout the pages, the reader is transported to idyllic Provence, to this enthralling, varied collection of art and architecture. 


The first in-depth survey of the art and architecture at Château La Coste, a unique destination with site-specific installations

Includes works by such distinguished artists and architects as Louise Bourgeois, Tracey Emin, Frank Gehry, Kengo Kuma, Jean Nouvel, Renzo Piano, Sean Scully and Richard Serra

With forewords by Tadao Ando, JR and Ai Weiwei, who have all either created projects or exhibited at Château La Coste



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Author Profiles

Robert Ivy, FAIA, is an author, editor and architect, and currently serves as CEO of the American Institute of Architects. For more than 14 years, he was Editor-in-Chief of one of the world’s most widely disseminated and admired architectural publications, Architectural Record. His own writing encompassed nearly 150 monthly editorials, interviews with leading figures in the architectural culture, and major stories. His book Fay Jones: Architect (2001) was cited for the ‘highest standards of scholarship, design, and production’. He has also served three times as the US Commissioner for the Venice Architecture Biennale.

Alistair Hicks is the author of The Global Art Compass (2014)a survey of 21st-century art. For 18 years, he was the Senior Curator at Deutsche Bank. He left to advise more clients and curate more exhibitions, his latest two being The Time Needs Changing at the Pera Museum, Istanbul (2018–19), and The Crime of Mr Adolf Loos at the Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Antwerp (2019). Among his earlier publications are School of London (1989), New British Art in the Saatchi Collection (1989) and Art Works: British and German Contemporary Art, 1960–2000 (as co-editor; Merrell, 2001). He is currently working on two separate books on Francis Bacon and Istanbul.

Alan Karchmer is a photographer of architecture, interior design and the built environment. His life in photography began while he was studying for his master’s degree in architecture. This foundation in critical analysis informs his artistic vision, with particular emphasis on context, materiality, quality of light and human interaction. In a career spanning 40 years, he has received commissions from the foremost architects of our time, who rely on his insightful images to define their work. His photographs have been published in the architectural press and exhibited in museums and private collections worldwide. He often collaborates with his wife, the photo stylist Sandra Benedum, whose keen perceptions bring greater depth to the visual narratives they create. The Karchmer Photographic Archive is a Promised Gift to the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.

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A sprawling outdoor museum where artists and architects have dotted the verdant landscape with their inventive installations and pavilions. With vivid text, and photography by Alan Karchmer, the book transports readers to this experimental and experiential destination

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