Frank Lloyd Wright Collected Writings, 1949-1959

Frank Lloyd Wright Collected Writings, 1949-1959

by Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer
     
 

In the early fifties, he is honored both nationally and internationally with a large retrospective exhibition of his work that travels throughout Europe, displaying his unquestioned brilliance in one prestigious venue after another, beginning, ironically enough, with the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence and passing from there to the Kunshtaus in Zurich, one of the few…  See more details below

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In the early fifties, he is honored both nationally and internationally with a large retrospective exhibition of his work that travels throughout Europe, displaying his unquestioned brilliance in one prestigious venue after another, beginning, ironically enough, with the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence and passing from there to the Kunshtaus in Zurich, one of the few modern buildings in Europe that he unequivocally admired.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Handsomely illustrated with photographs, architectural drawings and plans, this fourth volume of Wright's collected writings bristles with his prickly, opinionated views. The architect's outspoken pacifism and isolationism, voiced in repetitious, often strident essays, led him to stubbornly misperceive Hitler's Germany as a distant economic threat rather than as a totalitarian power bent on world domination. The years covered here saw Wright's dissemination of his utopian plan for Broadacre City, which embodied his dream for a decentralized, liberated society that would blend agrarian and urban pursuits without the wasteful consumerism which he saw as rampant in the American way of life. Also included are an extended autobiographical sketch; a highly personal tribute to his mentor, Louis Sullivan; a broadside aimed at then New York City parks commissioner Robert Moses, whose proposals for high-rise housing were anathema to Wright; and Wright's reflections on his design for Manhattan's Guggenheim Museum. Pfeiffer is director of archives for the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation in Scottsdale, Ariz., and author of Frank Lloyd Wright: The Masterworks. (Jan.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
This volume contains the last ten years of the writings of Frank Lloyd Wright (1869-1959)-including the famous works "The Natural House" (1954), "A Testament" (1957), and "The Living City" (1958)-which are a mixture of rehashed ideas, the reworkings of earlier published pieces, and fanciful explorations into the concepts of truth and beauty. Little new is revealed to the Wrightian scholar by these later works. Yet this last volume cannot be dismissed. As one reads these essays, earlier thoughts and beliefs of Wright, first discovered in the earlier volumes, regularly reemerge and remind the reader of Wright, great influence in art and architecture. Ultimately, this book's value lies in its comprehensiveness (even the banal is included). Together with the four preceding volumes (Vol. 1, LJ 9/1/92; Vol. 2, LJ 2/15/93; Vol. 3, 1994; Vol. 4, 1994), this is indispensable to any scholar of American art or architecture or student of Wright's philosophy. Recommended as a set for public and academic libraries.-Glenn Masuchika, Chaminade Univ. Lib., Honolulu

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ISBN-13:
9780847818549
Publisher:
Rizzoli
Publication date:
04/15/1995
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
8.36(w) x 10.35(h) x 1.36(d)

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