Today’s News - Thursday, June 8, 2017
EDITOR'S NOTE: Happy Birthday Frank Lloyd Wright! This morning we're at a preview of MoMA's "Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive" instead of compiling Today's News. To celebrate FLW's birthday in a very ANN way - today's newsletter is all things FLW all the time (with lots of fab photos!) - enjoy!
In the meantime, tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, June 13.
● ANN feature: An excerpt from Hession and Pickrel's most excellent "Frank Lloyd Wright in New York: The Plaza Years, 1954-1959': "A Plaza home and office had much to offer the architect, including prestige, prospect, and refuge - an elegant perch from which to survey the city he loved to hate."
● Bergdoll tells us what it was like "unpacking the FLW archive for this summer's must-see museum show" at MoMA: "Discoveries can still be made about America's most famous architect."
● Moore minces no words about some "really irksome" things that "provoke in me a special allergy - his obsessive, crabby, dominating personality" makes "you, the human occupant, feel superfluous" (he seems to like FLW's "late, kitschy, you might say senile period" and "Travels With Frank Lloyd Wright," Gwyn Lloyd Jones' "quirky new book").
● Kamin parses "one of the most outlandish episodes in FLW's outlandish life" - the unveiling of his mile-high skyscraper (at the age of 89): "If the publicity stunt was a bid for posterity, it didn't work."
● A great round-up of Wright's existing and demolished structures in NYC, "a place he considered a 'pig pile,' a 'fibrous tumor,'" and the "skyline a 'medieval atrocity.'"
● The tale of FLW's 1939 "cringe-inducing auto tour" of St. Louis: "he wasn't that impressed - after that, the newspapers here had a heyday. The architects spat back" ("He's one of those necessary evils. He rounds out the world," sayeth W.D. Crowell).
● Marcus takes an FLW architecture tour through the Midwest: "Yes, his personal life had scandal. Yes, he could sometimes be a real pain to work with. But his ideas continue on well beyond his life."
● The FLW Foundation's "new vision for Taliesin West" no longer regards it "as a house museum - an artifact frozen in time" (tours today for $1.50 - with birthday cupcakes!).
● NYT's round-up of FLW "tours, exhibitions, and tattoos."
● Sisson x 2: he maps 45 "essential" FLW works from across the country (with links to projects' websites, to boot).
● He takes us on a tour of Wright's final residential design, the Riverrock House in Ohio: "it appears the entire 10-acre property - including the finished 1955 home and the unbuilt Riverrock blueprints can be had for $1.7 million" (sounds like a bargain!).
● Curbed celebrates "Frank Lloyd Wright Week" with a round-up of dozens of its FLW feature stories.
● We're looking forward to "Ezra Stoller Photographs Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture" at the Yossi Milo Gallery in NYC: "Once, in response to an editor's query on whether Wright would instruct Stoller on how he'd like his buildings documented, Wright replied: 'Ezra will know.'"
● The National Building Museum is turning a gallery into a giant FLW coloring book: you'll "be able to 'wright' on Wright's masterpieces" (please don't bring your own coloring supplies - dry-erase markers will be provided).
● How could we not include a link to the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation ("Take a selfie with Flat Frank" - and shop!).
● Lego's Guggenheim Museum model gets "a plastic revamp" - more detailed than the 2009 version (yellow taxis included).
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ANN feature: Taliesin East: "Frank Lloyd Wright in New York: The Plaza Years, 1954-1959" by Jane King Hession and Debra Pickrel (Book Excerpt): A Plaza home and office had much to offer the architect, including prestige, prospect, and refuge - an elegant perch from which to survey the city he loved to hate.- ArchNewsNow.com
Barry Bergdoll: Was Frank Lloyd Wright the World’s First Starchitect? ...unpacking the FLW archive for this summer’s must-see museum show: ...a team and I have spent countless hours combing through the trove...The result of our digging debuts on June 12 in [MoMA's] “Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive"...ideas that began as fragments have aligned in unexpected ways... [images]- Architectural Digest
Rowan Moore: Frank Lloyd Wright: fantasist or genius? As an exhibition in New York marks 150 years since [his] birth...is it time for a reappraisal of this flawed hero of modernist architecture? ...of all the architects officially designated great, he provokes in me a special allergy...too often in his buildings I have felt...that his obsessive, crabby, dominating personality won’t leave you alone...you, the human occupant...feels superfluous.- Observer (UK)
Blair Kamin: Frank Lloyd Wright's Mile-High Skyscraper Never Built, but Never Forgotten: ...one of the most outlandish episodes in FLW's outlandish life: On Oct. 16, 1956, the 89-year-old architect...unveiled his plan...528 stories...Why did Wright, who supposedly hated cities, carry out this outrageous stunt? Hint one: A quest for posterity. Hint two: Follow the money...hints come from...Barry Bergdoll, curator...of the MoMA exhibition, "Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive"..If it was a bid for posterity, it didn't work. [images[- Chicago Tribune
Frank Lloyd Wright's Enduring, Demolished, And Unrealized Contributions To NYC: ...while New York may love Wright, Wright certainly didn't love New York - a place he considered a "pig pile," a "fibrous tumor"...That disdain may have something to do with why there are only a couple of his works still standing here....[he] considered our skyline a "medieval atrocity"... [images]- Gothamist (NYC)
Happy 150th, Frank Lloyd Wright! His legacy endures in St. Louis: When [he] visited...in 1939 and got a gander of the architecture downtown...he wasn’t that impressed...after that cringe-inducing auto tour, the newspapers here had a heyday. The architects spat back...There are five [FLW] buildings in Missouri...Architects who studied under or worked for Wright left their mark in the St. Louis area..."[FLW] is one of those necessary evils. He rounds out the world.” -- Walter Burley Griffin; William Adair Bernoudy; W.D. Crowell [images]- St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Lilit Marcus: Frank Lloyd Wright turns 150: An architecture tour of the US Midwest: I knew FLW's name before I knew anything about his work. Maybe it was from the worst Simon & Garfunkel song ever...Yes, his personal life had scandal. Yes, he could sometimes be a real pain to work with. But his ideas continue on well beyond his life. [images]- CNN
On the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright's birth, a new vision for Taliesin West: ...foundation is renewing its commitment to his legacy...they hadn't been treating the house the way Wright had wanted...regarding it as "a house museum" - an artifact frozen in time..."But how do you take a site that's listed on the National Historic Register and use it as a living laboratory?" -- Stuart Graff; Vern Swaback- Arizona Republic
For Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th, Tours, Exhibitions and Tattoos: ...historic Wright sites, museums and hotels are celebrating with special events, new exhibitions and anniversary packages.- New York Times
Patrick Sisson: Frank Lloyd Wright in 45 essential works: A map of projects from across the country that present an overview of his incredible career: Few figures are as ever-present in American architecture...From masterpieces to singular, and often unorthodox, ideas, this is your essential primer to the work of.FLW. [images]- Curbed
Patrick Sisson: Tour Frank Lloyd Wright’s final residential design, the Riverrock House: The original plans and site are still for sale: ...a sibling of sorts to the 1955 Penfield Home...in Willoughby Hills, Ohio......it appears the entire 10-acre Penfield property - including the finished 1955 home, the lot and unbuilt Riverrock blueprints, as well as a cottage and farmhouse - can be had for $1.7 million. [images]- Curbed
Frank Lloyd Wright Week: Curbed is celebrating the life and work of the legendary American architect that brought us the Prairie School movement...all things Wright... [dozens of articles!]- Curbed
National Building Museum to host life-sized Frank Lloyd Wright coloring book gallery: Now, you’ll finally be able to “wright” on Wright’s masterpieces: “Wright on the Walls"...visitors are asked not to bring their own coloring supplies as washable dry-erase markers will be made available; June 10 - September 4 [images]- Curbed DC (Washington, DC)
Ezra Stoller Captures Frank Lloyd Wright’s Iconic Buildings: The riveting images give a rare glimpse into the legendary architect’s achievements: ...Yossi Milo Gallery [in NYC, June 29 - August 25] is staging "Ezra Stoller Photographs Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture," a stunning array of black-and-white images...Once, in response to an editor’s query on whether Wright would instruct Stoller on how he’d like his buildings documented, Wright replied: “Ezra will know.” [images]- Architectural Digest
Celebrating the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth: how the Foundation is celebrating FLW’s powerful legacy..."Take a selfie with Flat Frank"...- Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
Lego Architecture Debuts New Frank Lloyd Wright Guggenheim Museum Model; Wright’s beloved New York institution is getting a plastic revamp...creates a more realistic design than previous set from 2009. New features include...pops of true-life green on the roofs of the rotundas, an expanded context - complete with yellow taxicabs along Fifth Avenue... -- Gwathmey Siegel and Associates Architects- Architectural Digest
ANN feature: Peter Piven: Nuts + Bolts #13: Safe Harbors: A Case Study on End-game Strategies: A new way of dealing with ownership transition that can benefit some principals who face difficulties in achieving successful exits.- ArchNewsNow.com
Cadaval & Solà-Morales: Córdoba ReUrbano, Mexico City: ...exemplifies the objectives of Mexico's Urban Recycling start-up initiative by re-imagining and re-programming a significant heritage building... to include medium-density housing and...generating streetscape vitality... [images]
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