Line and Form: Frank Lloyd Wright and the Wasmuth Porfolio
Born in Richland Center, Wisconsin, American architect Frank Lloyd Wright began his career in 1888, when he joined the prestigious Chicago firm of Adler and Sullivan. In 1893 Wright’s departure from the firm led him toward a long and highly productive independent career spanning nearly seven decades. In elegantly composed designs that emphasized a horizontal line and open floor plans in which living spaces were intertwined, Wright established early success with a series of homes for the midwestern prairie defining his ideal of a characteristically American architecture for the modern era.
As a means to disseminate his work, in 1910 Wright and Berlin publisher Ernst Wasmuth issued Ausgeführte Bauten und Entwürfe von Frank Lloyd Wright (Studies and Executed Buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright), a portfolio of one hundred stylishly rendered lithographs of plans, details, and perspective views produced by the architect and his assistants. Including defining works such as the architect’s Oak Park home and studio, Unity Temple, and the Larkin Company Administration Building, among other projects, this portfolio served as the first and most important publication of Wright’s innovative Prairie school creations and an inspiration for European and American architects in the decades to follow.
This exhibition features sixteen works drawn from a rare example of the portfolio within the collections of the Dallas Museum of Art.