Kabbalah in Art and Architecture

Kabbalah in Art and Architecture

  1. Alexander Gorlin
  • ISBN 9780500517055
  • 30.50 x 22.90 cm
  • Hardback
  • 192pp
  • 155 Illustrations, 109 in colour
  • First published 2013

The Kabbalistic idea of creation, as expressed through light, space and geometry, has left its unmistakable mark on our civilization.

Drawing upon a wide array of historical materials and images of contemporary art, sculpture and architecture, Alexander Gorlin explores the influence, whether acknowledged or not, of the Kabbalah on modern design. Gorlin brings light to the translation of the mystical philosophy into a physical form, drawing clear comparisons between philosophy and design that will excite and exalt.

Ten chapters outline key concepts of the Kabbalah and its representations, both in historic diagrams and the modern built environment, Kabbalah in Art and Architecture puts forth an unparalleled and compelling reinterpretation of art and architecture through the lens of the Kabbalah and Jewish mysticism.

A chapter on the Golem, and an epilogue that discusses German artist Anselm Kiefer’s powerful interpretations of the Kabbalah, complete this unique book.

Alexander Gorlin is a noted architect, design critic, author and scholar. His internationally recognized firm Alexander Gorlin Architects specializes in design for religious institutions, along with high-end residential, affordable, and supportive housing for the homeless, as well as master planning. The firm has received many accolades, including four Design Excellence Awards from the American Institute of Architects. Principal Alexander Gorlin has taught at the Yale School of Architecture and was a Rome Prize fellow at the American Academy in Rome.


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