Lot 639: Frank Lloyd Wright

RR Auction

2015-10-29 11:34:33

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Lot 639: Hand-corrected typed manuscript draft for an article entitled "Organic Architecture Looks at Modern Architecture," unsigned, seventeen pages, 8.5 x 11, February 1952. Fascinating draft with over one hundred edits and corrections in Wright's hand. In part: "Modern-architecture is the offspring of Organic-architecture: an offspring, already emasculate and commercialized, in danger of becoming a style. Having suffered many styles since Old Colonial washed up on Eastern and Mission re-appeared on Western shores this country takes over another one-this time the 68th variety-derived from its own exported Organic-architecture...Modern-architecture is Organic-architecture deprived of a soul. Therefore architecture so easy to grasp that any boy of three month's experience can practice and appear with a dose of it on the front page of the local newspaper next month or within a year (or two) be heralded in color by the market-magazines of building materials as the new 'It.' Plan-factories now have shows in Art-Museums." In fine condition, with stray ink blots to the first page. Wright's final article appeared in the May 1952 issue of Architectural Record. RR Auction's Fine Autographs & Artifacts Friday, 23rd October 2015 Estimate: $400-600
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