Frank Lloyd Wright, Art Collector: Secessionist Prints from the Turn of the Century

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These Secessionist art prints, acquired by Frank Lloyd Wright and his lover Mamah Borthwick Cheney during their infamous flight to Europe in 1909–1910, reveal a new dimension of the architect’s taste and aesthetic preferences. This previously unknown and newly discovered group of prints from his personal art collection shows that around the turn of the twentieth century Wright had a surprising interest in European artists pursuing their own versions of modernism. Identified from careful archival research, the ...

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Overview

These Secessionist art prints, acquired by Frank Lloyd Wright and his lover Mamah Borthwick Cheney during their infamous flight to Europe in 1909–1910, reveal a new dimension of the architect’s taste and aesthetic preferences. This previously unknown and newly discovered group of prints from his personal art collection shows that around the turn of the twentieth century Wright had a surprising interest in European artists pursuing their own versions of modernism. Identified from careful archival research, the prints demonstrate how richly diffuse and multifaceted modernism was before the codification of a modernist canon. Wright, a revolutionary architect, preferred the work of Secessionists to that of the avant-garde of expressionism, cubism, and futurism. To Wright, the artists he selected were modern, and they appealed deeply to his interest in landscapes and graphic techniques of reproduction.

In Frank Lloyd Wright, Art Collector, Anthony Alofsin presents the first catalogue raisonné of the thirty-two prints and one original drawing that constitute Wright’s Secessionist collection. Alofsin explores Wright’s encounters with German and Austrian art before his travels to Europe; the fluid definition of modern art around 1909; and the complex context for Wright’s acquiring this collection while in Europe. This book, with its original research, puts into a new light a range of artists—some famous, others unknown—who sought to express, like Wright, their own rebellion against academic traditions. A unique contribution to the history of modern art, Frank Lloyd Wright, Art Collector offers stunningly original insights into the master’s artistic taste, as well as to a group of progressive artists whose work has been undeservedly overlooked in conventional histories of modernism.

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Steven Mansbach
Perhaps no one has done more to make sense of Frank Lloyd Wright for audiences of art and architectural historians, as well as countless others interested in American and modern design, than Professor Anthony Alofsin. His manifold publications on Wright, indeed on almost every facet of [his] professional career, constitute collectively the greatest resource on which we can draw for a portrait of the architect and his work.
Steven Mansbach, Professor of the History of Twentieth-century Art, University of Maryland, and author of Modern Art in Eastern Europe: From the Baltic to the Balkans ca. 1890 to 1939
Steven Mansbach
Perhaps no one has done more to make sense of Frank Lloyd Wright for audiences of art and architectural historians, as well as countless others interested in American and modern design, than Professor Anthony Alofsin. His manifold publications on Wright, indeed on almost every facet of [his] professional career, constitute collectively the greatest resource on which we can draw for a portrait of the architect and his work.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292737211
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2012
  • Pages: 132
  • Sales rank: 1,139,505
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Internationally recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, ANTHONY ALOFSIN is an architect, artist, art historian, writer, and Roland Roessner Centennial Professor of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin, where he founded and directed the Ph.D. program in architectural history. Alofsin’s books include Frank Lloyd Wright: The Lost Years, 1910–1922; Prairie Skyscraper: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Price Tower; and Frank Lloyd Wright: Europe and Beyond.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Frank Lloyd Wright, American Secessionist
Catalogue of the Secessionist Prints in the Frank Lloyd Wright Collection
Selected Bibliography
Index
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