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Frank Lloyd Wright (Reaktion Books - Critical Lives)


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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 Wrights 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 Americas evolving democratic society by the challenges his buildings posed to traditional views of private and public space. He investigates Wrights relationships with key leaders of art, industry, and society, and how their views came to have concrete significance in Wrights 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 Wrights production.

About the Author

Robert McCarter is professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Florida. He is the author of several books on Frank Lloyd Wright and a recent monograph on Louis Kahn.

Table of Contents

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
Photographic Acknowledgements

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Mccarter, Robert
Reaktion Books
McCarter, Robert
Artists, Architects, Photographers
Historical - U.S.
Individual Architect
Biography-Artists Architects and Photographers
Edition Description:
Reaktion Books - Critical Lives
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7.88 x 5 in

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