Frank Lloyd Wright: Architect: An Illustrated Biography

Frank Lloyd Wright: Architect: An Illustrated Biography

by Alexander O. Boulton

Traces the life and work of the twentieth-century American architect who called his innovative ideas "organic architecture."  See more details below


Traces the life and work of the twentieth-century American architect who called his innovative ideas "organic architecture."

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Gr 8 Up-Boulton adequately covers this prominent figure's life in this relatively brief, heavily illustrated text. He supplies the details with a literary grace somewhat lacking in humor, and doesn't try to hide his reverence for ``the greatest American architect.'' The focus is on Wright's belief in architecture as a form of philosophy, as a way of reconstructing society in order to make a marriage between nature and our ever-increasing technological world. The author also shows the man's artistic temperament; he treated buildings as unfinished works of art that need constant changes, even when they belonged to clients. Because architecture is a lived-in art form, however, even the many drawings and photographs fail to convey the qualities of experience one feels when walking through the buildings themselves. They suggest, and may even prepare readers for a visit, but the essence of Wright's efforts comes more from the clear exposition and many direct quotations that begin each of the eight chapters and appear throughout the book. A time line of selected events and a glossary add significantly to the information.-Kenneth Marantz, Art Education Department, Ohio State University, Columbus
Hazel Rochman
There are many adult books about Wright, including one just out from the same publisher ("Frank Lloyd Wright: The Masterworks" ), but this handsomely designed, large-size volume is an exciting introduction to Wright's life and work. In considerable detail and without condescension, Boulton shows how Wright changed forever contemporary architecture with his radical approach to creating a uniquely American design for homes and buildings--a design that included an open plan; the use of steel, reinforced concrete, and plate glass; and a harmony with the natural environment. This is also an art book: interspersed throughout the spacious text are many fine reproductions of Wright's drawings and color photographs of his famous homes and buildings. His life story, including the scandal that surrounded his private life, is presented in a straightforward style. Most moving are the quotes from Wright himself, which reveal his creative genius, his arrogance ("Yes, I intend to be the greatest architect of all time"), and his political idealism ("I don't build a house without predicting the end of the present social order"). There are no source notes, but Boulton ends with a detailed chronology and glossary and an annotated bibliography.

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8.82(w) x 11.27(h) x 0.69(d)
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12 - 17 Years

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