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Frank Lloyd Wright

36 black & white illustrations. Sprache: Englisch.
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A cultural icon who defined the twentieth-century American landscape, Frank Lloyd Wright has been studied from what seems to be every possible angle. While many books focus on his works, torrid personal life, or both, few solely consider his professi … weiterlesen
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Titel: Frank Lloyd Wright
Autor/en: Robert McCarter

ISBN: 1861892683
EAN: 9781861892683
36 black & white illustrations.
Sprache: Englisch.
Reaktion Books

1. Februar 2006 - kartoniert - 224 Seiten

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A cultural icon who defined the twentieth-century American landscape, Frank Lloyd Wright has been studied from what seems to be every possible angle. While many books focus on his works, torrid personal life, or both, few solely consider his professional persona, as a man enmeshed in a web of prominent public figures and political ideas. In this new biography, Robert McCarter distills Wright's life and work into a concise account that explores the beliefs and relationships so powerfully reflected in his architectural works.
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.

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Robert McCarter is a practicing architect and the Ruth and Norman Moore Professor of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis. He is the author of several books on Frank Lloyd Wright, and a recent monograph on Louis Kahn.

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'Writing in succinct prose devoid of academic jargon, McCarter explains what made Wright's architecture so revolutionary ... While acknowledging Wright's greatness, McCarter has not written a hagiography ... McCarter's book could have been half as long again; it's that much of a pleasure to read.' - ARTnews 'Robert McCarter ... has produced a superb single-volume work that fills in the gaps of Wright's vast influence ... well-written and superbly illustrated. The work contains a thorough index of references as well as a comprehensive bibliography. It is an excellent contribution to the "Critical Lives" series' - Journal of Illinois History

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