Saturday, June 10, 2017

Wright at 150

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (1943–59), Frank Lloyd Wright. The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York)

Unpacking the archive:

"To mark Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th birthday, many will pay tribute to the architect’s unique gifts and contributions to the field."

"But Wright also had a rare nonarchitectural passion that set him apart from his mentor, Louis Sullivan, and his peers: Japanese art. Wright first became interested in his early 20s, and within a decade, he was an internationally known collector of Japanese woodblock prints."

Kimmelman Review at the NY TImes

From the Smithsonian: "It was an unusual turn of events for a young college dropout from rural Wisconsin. Because Wright was never actually formally trained as an architect, the inspiration he found in Japanese art and design arguably changed the trajectory of his career – and, with it, modern American architecture." ,,,

In his 1910 rendering of the Winslow House, Wright seems to mimic Ando Hiroshige’s use of vegetation as a frame. ((author provided))

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1 comment:

Carla Ives said...

That's quite interesting about his love for Japanese art and how it inspired him. Still, his buildings are beautiful to look at but essentially non-functional. As you've pointed out, the Guggenheim's design makes the viewing of art difficult. His waterfall house is said to be not practical either. He was an architectural genius, if all you want to do is stand and admire his creations from a distance, , , and only from the outside.