December 20, 2012 |
For her first L.A. solo exhibition at Francois Ghebaly Gallery, Romanian-born artist Andra Ursuta has built a ruin of a modernist swing set. Propped up on either side by precarious stacks of hollow concrete blocks that form a kind of lattice, a smooth, bright orange crossbar supports two swings, each composed of two seats hung back to back. Painted in bright colors, the seats have holes cut into them. They are at once geometric abstractions - circles within squares - and toilets. The potentially uncontrollable distribution of excrement that this scenario implies is a parent's nightmare, and yet, is also regulated.
November 12, 2012 |
A house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for his son is back on the Phoenix market, part of the latest confrontation between preservationists and owners over how to deal with artistically important properties. A prospective buyer of the house, known as the David and Gladys Wright House, has dropped his bid to buy the 2,500-square-foot building in the Arcadia neighborhood of Phoenix, Robert Joffe, the agent for the current owner, said in a telephone interview with the Los Angeles Times.
October 18, 2012 |
Thirteen pieces of furniture designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright have been acquired by the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino. The organization said that the furniture has been on display since 2009 as part of a long-term loan from the prominent New York collectors Joyce and Erving Wolf. The purchase was made directly from the Wolfs, according to the Huntington. It declined to say how much it paid for the furniture. Funds for the acquisition came from the Huntington's Virginia Steele Scott Acquisition Fund for American Art. Lloyd Wright designed the furniture in the set for various interiors.
October 5, 2012 |
A historic Frank Lloyd Wright home in Phoenix has narrowly escaped being demolished. The 1952 concrete structure -- which features a sweeping spiral staircase and is set amid orange orchards in the city's Arcadia neighborhood -- was originally designed for Wright's son and daughter-in-law, David and Gladys Wright. Developer 8081 Meridian bought the home in June for $1.8 million, with plans to divide the two-acre plot and destroy the home. The developer says it had been issued a valid demolition permit; the city of Phoenix says whoever issued the permit made a mistake.
September 16, 2012 |
This 16-room Arts and Crafts masterpiece on the edge of San Diego's Balboa Park was the home of George and Anna Marston and their five children. Marston, a philanthropist, civic leader and owner of the city's premier department store, commissioned architects William S. Hebbard and Irving Gill to build an English Tudor-style home. Mid-project, Gill visited his old friend Frank Lloyd Wright and was inspired to change the design. The result is this 1905 Craftsman masterpiece. Why it's a treasure: The design was cutting edge then, and it's still relevant today, with rooftop copper pipes for solar water heating and a cistern that recycles rainwater for the gardens.
September 16, 2012 |
In the depths of the Depression, architect Frank Lloyd Wright developed a housing style called Usonian. These middle-class homes were meant to be affordable and connected to their setting. They blurred the distinction between indoors and out, featuring plenty of glass, extended roofs and a carport (a word Wright coined). The Rosenbaum House in Florence, Ala., has been called the purest example of the Usonian style. Why it's a treasure: When newlyweds Mildred and Stanley Rosenbaum moved into their home in 1939, crowds gathered to gawk at the unusual flat-roofed building.