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McCarter examines here how Wright aspired to influence America's evolving democratic society by the challenges his buildings posed to traditional views of private and public space. He investigates Wright's relationships with key leaders of art, industry, and society, and how their views came to have concrete significance in Wright's work and writings. Wright argued that architecture should be the "background or framework" for daily life, not the "object," and McCarter dissects how and why he aspired to this and other ideals, such as his belief in the ethical duty of architects to improve society and culture.
A penetrating study of the foremost pioneer in modern architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright offers a fascinating biographical chronicle that reveals the principles and relationships at the base of Wright's production.
Frank Lloyd Wright was the inspiration for a novel (The Fountainhead); he has a room in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His works like Fallingwater, the Robie House, Johnson Wax buildings and the Guggenheim Museum in New York, drew on diverse influences and refashioned them into something rare and important in American architecture. And this fall, three books are due out on the architect. The most extensive, Phaidon's Frank Lloyd Wright, is a comprehensive monograph that investigates his career through text by Robert McCarter and 350 color and 300 b&w illustrations.
Introduction: Wright at the Defining Moment
1. Unity and Nature's Geometry
2. Chicago and the Tradition of Practice
3. White City and New World Monumentality
4. Prairie House and the Progressive Movement
5. Europe and the Shining Brow
6. Eastern Garden and Western Desert
7. Fellowship and the Disappearing City
8. Natural House and the Fountainhead
9. Usonia Lost and Found
Epilogue: Wright in the Rearview Mirror