Aaron Betsky

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Aaron Betsky (born 1958) is a critic, curator, educator, lecturer, and writer on architecture and design, who since August 2006 has been the director of the Cincinnati Art Museum. From 2001 to 2006 Betsky served as director of the Netherlands Architecture Institute in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Although Betsky was born in Missoula, Montana, USA, he grew up in The Netherlands. He graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in History, the Arts and Letters (1979) and a M.Arch. (1983). He then taught at Cal Poly Pomona[1] and the University of Cincinnati from 1983 to 1985 and worked as a designer for Frank Gehry and Hodgetts & Fung. From 1995 to 2001 Betsky was Curator of Architecture, Design and Digital Projects at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art before moving back to The Netherlands.

Betsky has written numerous monographs on the work of late 20th century architects, including I.M. Pei, UN Studio, Koning Eizenberg Architecture, Inc., Zaha Hadid and MVRDV, as well as treatises on aesthetics, psychology and human sexuality as they pertain to aspects of architecture, and is one of the main contributors to a spatial interpretation of Queer theory.

Betsky was named as the director of the 11th Exhibition of the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2008. [1]

Publications[edit]

  • A. Betsky (2011) At Home in Sprawl: Selected Essays on Architecture, RMIT University Press.
  • A. Betsky, A. Eeuwens (2004) False Flat: Why Dutch design is so good, Phaidon Press Inc.
  • W. Maas, A. Betsky, S. Kwinter, B. Lootsma, A. Ruby (2003) Reading MVRDV, Nai Publishers
  • A. Betsky, K. M. Hays, G. M. Anderson (2003) Scanning: The Aberrant Architectures of Diller + Scofidio, Whitney Museum of American Art
  • A. Betsky (2002) Landscrapers: building with the land, Thames and Hudson
  • B. van Berkel, A. Betsky, C. Bos, M. Wigley (2002) UN Studio: UNFOLD, Nai Publishers
  • A. Betsky, E. Adigard (2000) Architecture Must Burn: a manifesto for an architecture beyond building, Thames and Hudson
  • R. Moore, J. Herzog, A. Betsky, P. Davies (1999) Vertigo: The Strange New World of the Contemporary City, Gingko Press
  • A. Betsky, O. R. Ojeda (1999) Miller Hull Partnership, Rockport Publishers
  • T. González de León, A. Betsky, A. Leon (1998) Kalach & Alvarez, Rockport Publishers
  • A. Betsky, A. Suzuki, D. Jackson, P. Zellner (1998) Pacific Edge: Contemporary Architecture on the Pacific Rim, Rizzoli
  • T. Riley, A. Betsky, X. Costa, M. Robbins (1998) Fabrications, Actar
  • A. Betsky (1998) Zaha Hadid: Das Gesamtwerk, DVA
  • Z. M. Hadid, A. Betsky (1998) Zaha Hadid: The Complete Buildings and Projects, Rizzoli
  • A. Betsky (1997) Queer space : architecture and same-sex desire, William Morrow
  • A. Jarmusch, A. Betsky, R. W. Quigley, M. S. Larson, M. Benedikt, M. Les Benedict (1996) Rob Wellington Quigley: Buildings and Projects, Rizzoli
  • A. Betsky (1995) Building sex : men, women, architecture, and the construction of sexuality, William Morrow
  • A. Betsky (1994) James Gamble Rogers and the Architecture of Pragmatism
  • A. Betsky (1992) Architecture & medicine : I.M. Pei designs the Kirklin Clinic, University Press of America
  • A. Betsky, J. Chase, L. Whiteson (1991) Experimental Architecture in Los Angeles, Rizzoli
  • A. Betsky (1990) Violated perfection : architecture and the fragmentation of the modern, Rizzoli
  • A. Betsky (1989) Being bet : released his first book about betness, Rizolli

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Critical Architecture and Contemporary Culture" by William J. Lillyman, Marilyn F. Moriarty, David J. Neuman

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