Recent U.S. Census Bureau information shows that the southwest holds incredible gravitational pull for a great number of Americans, more and more of whom are moving to live among the deserts, plateaus, distinctive mountains, and glorious red and orange sunsets that only the west can provide.
Americans have been hungering for the wide-open skies of the west since the early days of this country and out of their continuing migration has sprung Santa Fe, which continues to grow in importance, in meaning, and in influence.
Santa Fe's popularity is immense. The "Santa Fe style" can now be found all over the country, manifested in clothes, furniture and furnishings, and interior design. Santa Fe: Houses and Gardens, with its sumptuous photography and lucid prose, makes clear that this popularity is well-founded.
Santa-Fe: Houses and Gardens presents the most significant and influential houses of the region, including Mabel Dodge's house of 1918, with its hand-painted windows by D. H. Lawrence; the house of Randall Davey, an artist who was influential in the movement to revive traditional adobe building techniques; and the Myrtle Stedman house, built following her injunction that it be "stretched out like a lizard in the sun." This book does not limit itself to traditional historic adobe houses, but covers many of the region's most important private homes and museum houses with their gardens.
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Steve Gross and Sue Daley have been traveling extensively, shooting photography for books and magazines for the past fifteen years in an effort to bring together the worlds of art, architecture, preservation, and design. Their previous books include At Home with the Past, Old Houses, and Old Greenwich Village. Both graduates of the University of New Mexico, Gross and Daley now live in a Manhattan loft/photo studio.
Lucy Lippard, a well-known scholar and art historian, is the author of many books, including Eva Hess, Overlay: Contemporary Art and the Art of Prehistory, and The Lure of the Local: Senses of Place in a Multi-centered Society.
In Santa Fe, a brief, readable history of the region by art historian Lucy Lippard remarks on the "land of contrasts" and the vitality of the local culture. The authors' selection of Santa Fe homes finds the recurring themes in an eclectic blend of residences. Included are austere, simple adobes and Mexican-influenced interiors marked by wild patterns and vibrant colors. The rooms prominently feature the region's arts-and-crafts rugs, pottery, etc. In both titles, the expert blend of sharp close-ups and long-range photographs that place the homes in their surroundings as well as the insightful commentary combine to make beautiful introductions to both regions' decorative traditions. Gillian Engberg
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