Daddy Wouldn’t Buy Me a Bauhaus collects the unparalleled writings of legendary British wordsmith Janet Abrams for the first time. From pivotal figures in international modernism to the pioneers of digital media, Abrams explores the ideas, theories, and emotions that fueled their work.
The book’s twenty-six profiles—written in Abrams’s signature, personal, often hilarious style—include Reyner Banham, Berthold Lubetkin, Philip Johnson, Paul Rand, Phyllis Lambert, Frank Gehry, Rem Koolhaas, Muriel Cooper, April Greiman, and Michael Bloomberg. It brings together essays that originally appeared in publications on both sides of the Atlantic, in Blueprint, I.D. magazine, The Independent, and in books and catalogs from the 1980s through the early 2000s. A foreword by Blueprint’s founding editor, Deyan Sudjic, and new reflections by Abrams, set the stage.