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Kabbalah in Art and Architecture

Alexander Gorlin

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A personal interpretation of the Kabbalah as a source of evocative ideas that have either inspired significant works of art and architecture


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, architect 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.

Comprising ten chapters that each 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.

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Format: Hardback

Size: 30.5 x 22.9 cm

Extent: 192 pp

Illustrations: 155

Publication date: 5 August 2013

ISBN: 9780500517055

Contents List

1. The Ark, the Tent and the Temple • 2. Heavenly Palaces and the Throne Chariot • 3. The Void • 4. Sefirot • 5. The Crown • 6. Vessels of Light • 7. The Breaking of the Vessels • 8. Repair • 9. Golem • 10. Epilogue: Anselm Kiefer

About the Author

Alexander Gorlin is a noted architect, design critic, author and scholar. His award-winning firm Alexander Gorlin Architects, established in 1987, specializes in design for religious institutions, along with high-end residential, affordable, and supportive housing for the homeless, as well as master planning. Gorlin has taught at the Yale School of Architecture and was a Rome Prize fellow at the American Academy in Rome.