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by Victor last modified Jan 04, 2012 03:09 AM
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by Eric last modified Nov 22, 2010

Frank Lloyd Wright did not design houses. He designed total works of art. This often meant he considered everything inside and outside the building—from art glass windows, sconces, mailboxes, furniture and more. So when pieces of these total architectural works of art appear on the auction block—stripped from their original and inteded context—it diminishes the importance and impact of Wright's artistic endeavor. This month, Wright-designed furniture is appearing at two major Chicago auction houses: The...




 

 

Picture 1 Frank Lloyd Wright did not design houses. He designed total works of art. This often meant he considered everything inside and outside the building—from art glass windows, sconces, mailboxes, furniture and more. So when pieces of these total architectural works of art appear on the auction block—stripped from their original and inteded context—it diminishes the importance and impact of Wright's artistic endeavor. This month, Wright-designed furniture is appearing at two major Chicago auction houses: The John Toomey Gallery and Wright auction house, and it signals the troubling trend of strip mining important architecture for cash. It's hoped that with enough education the sale of items that belong with their buildings will cease.

Image via Wright20.com


 

 

 
 
 

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