Art May 2014
On “Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal,” at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Frank Lloyd Wright (American, 1867–1959). St. Mark’s-in-the-Bouwerie Towers, New York. Project, 1927–31. Aerial perspective. Pencil and colored pencil on tracing paper, 23 3/4 x 15” (60.3 x 38.1 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Jeffrey P. Klein Purchase Fund, Barbara Pine Purchase Fund, and Frederieke Taylor Purchase Fund
Of the six lectures that Frank Lloyd Wright delivered at Princeton in 1930, the penultimate, “The Tyranny of the Skyscraper,” was particularly acerbic. Wright decried the “screaming verticality” of the new technological wonder: “They are monotonous,” he wrote “They no longer startle or amuse. Verticality is already stale; vertigo has given way to...
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