Frank Lloyd Wright versus America
450 pp., 10 x 7 in,
- Published: March 29, 1994
- Published: December 14, 1990
For his critics and biographers, the 1930s have always been the most challenging period of Frank Lloyd Wright's career. This fresh account by Donald Johnson, the first to make use of the architect's long-inaccessible archives at Taliesin West, is also the first to provide a balanced evaluation of Wright in the 1930s. It separates Wright's design activities from his self-promotion and places his philosophy of individualism within the context of the times.
Frank Lloyd Wright versus America is a unique, in-depth investigation of Wright's activities during the 1930s, replete with new information surrounding the formation of the Taliesin Fellowship and his travels and lectures in russia and Great Britain. Johnson's book is also strangely current, as Wright himself was 'ahead of his time', dealing with present day issues of New Age mysticism and the West's fascination with Gorbachev's Russia and the reinvestigation of its Stalinist past.
Alexander C. Gorlin, Lecturer in Architectural History, Yale University
Johnson tells us more than we might have thought to ask about how Wright's life and career developed in the 1930s, but in a fashion that is continually fascinating, even irresistible. As a feat of research the text sets a new standard in Frank Lloyd Wright studies and may be the most readable book about Wright yet written...a remarkable piece of work.
M. F. Hearn, Professor of Fine Arts, Director of Architectural Studies, University of Pittsburgh
Funding provided by: National Endowment for the Humanities/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Humanities Open Book Program.