Oscar Niemeyer, one of the fathers of modernist architecture, is remembered through Assouline's handmade limited-edition Ultimate Collection volume. One of the most considerable influences on 20th- and 21st-century architecture, Niemeyer’s legacy is acknowledged and honored in Assouline's complete and lavish exploration of Niemeyer’s 104-year life and career.
Niemeyer rose to prominence at Le Corbusier’s side but ultimately swerved from the hard, straight lines of traditional modernism. Instead he forged a parallel track that mimics the crescendos and denouements of human feeling through swooping curves, graceful arches, and sensuous lines. Using reinforced concrete, he elevated the everyday to the sublime. Sketches and original photography, alongside contributions from Tadao Ando, Santiago Calatrava, Frank Gehry, and Zaha Hadid, make Oscar Niemeyer a testimony to the fantastic, artistic journey he led for the past century.
Complimentary white gloves and signature canvas tote bag are included with each purchase from Assouline's Ultimate Collection
Michael Kimmelman is chief art critic at The New York Times and author of The Accidental Masterpiece: On the Art of Life and Vice Versa (Penguin, 2005) and Portraits: Talking with Artists at the Met, the Modern, the Louvre, and Elsewhere (Random House, 1998).
Photographer Matthieu Salvaing has traveled the world for the past ten years, drawing inspiration from design, fashion, and architecture. Salvaing’s exploration of Brazil and his friendship with Oscar Niemeyer have been catalysts for his work. This book took him five years to create.
Assouline’s Ultimate Collection is an homage to the art of luxury bookmaking. Hand-bound using traditional techniques, with color plates hand-tipped on art-quality paper, each page of this limited-edition series bears the unique imprint of the artisan. Treating a range of topics from jewelry and fashion, fine art and the ‘Impossible Collections,’ the Ultimate Collection curates culture from around the world and across the ages. Nestled in linen clamshell presentation cases, these books attract collectors, lovers of the printed page, and those who devour the culture of our time. Signaling a new level of sophistication for true connoisseurs, these unique books are works of art in their own right.