Frank Lloyd Wright
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Frank Lloyd Wright
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.
224 pages | 36 halftones | 5 x 7 7/8 | © 2006
"This architectural biography of Wright seeks to define the ethical framework beneath a diverse body of work with a wide range of formal expression. McCarter reveals America’s preeminent modern architect as a humanist of democratic ideals whose highest concern was the space of inhabitation for both the individual and the community. For these principles, and for his endless experimentation within building traditions, Wright remains an inspiration."
Terence Riley, The Philip Johnson Chief Curator, Architecture and Design, Museum of Modern Art
"An elegantly written biography for Reaktion’s ’Critical Lives’ series. . . . 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."
Steven Litt | ARTnews