Frank Gehry: Fish Lamps
This book was published on the occasion of four exhibitions entitled Frank Gehry: Fish Lamps at Gagosian, Beverly Hills; Paris; Davies Street, London; and Hong Kong.
One of the most celebrated architects living today, Gehry has forever altered the urban landscape with spectacular buildings that are conceived as dynamic structures rather than static vessels. Since the creation of the first lamp in 1984, the fish has become a recurring motif in Gehry’s work, as much for its “good design” as its iconographic and natural attributes. Its quicksilver appeal is evident in the undulating, curvilinear forms of such buildings at the Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain, and the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago.
The softly glowing Fish Lamps are full of whimsy and vigor. Some of the individual groupings are fixed to pedestals, while others are wall sconces and elaborate chandeliers. Curling and flexing in attitudes of simulated motion, these artificial creatures emit a warm incandescent light. This intimation of life, underscored by the almost organic textures of the nuanced surfaces, presents a spirited symbiosis of material, form, and function.
The publication comprises five booklets—one for each exhibition and one dedicated to an essay by Paul Goldberger—along with a folded poster, all housed in a slipcase.