Wright on Exhibit: Frank Lloyd Wright's Architectural Exhibitions


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Princeton University Press
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9.6 X 1.0 X 10.2 inches | 3.2 pounds

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About the Author

Kathryn Smith is an architectural historian who specializes in Frank Lloyd Wright. Her books include Frank Lloyd Wright: American Master; Frank Lloyd Wright, Hollyhock House, and Olive Hill: Buildings and Projects for Aline Barnsdall; and Schindler House. She lives in Santa Monica, California.


"This invaluable book fills a huge lacuna in our understanding of Wright and his work. In Smith's hands, each exhibition presented here becomes a self-contained story that contributes to the larger narrative of Wright's relentless determination to advance his ideas."--Jack Quinan, author of Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House: Architecture as Portraiture
"Meticulously researched and well written. This book will be a foundation for future scholarship."--Richard Cleary, author of Merchant Prince and Master Builder: Edgar J. Kaufmann and Frank Lloyd Wright
"The care, audacity, and originality with which Wright orchestrated the public presentation of his revolutionary architecture from start to finish . . . is laid out with exceptional thoroughness in Kathryn Smith's Wright on Exhibit. . . . An intriguing treatise on career development, and [it] is so illuminatingly detailed that it gives a richer portrait of Wright than many full-length biographies."---Martin Filler, New York Review of Books
"Smith refutes the public and historical notion of Wright as a self-promoter by drawing on evidence of his being an innovator and a social activist who sought divergent routes to publicizing his work for the sake of artistic progress and social improvements. Smith illuminates the multimedia component of Wright's work . . . to shed light on the broader discourse of architecture and design as it approaches a new age of modernity."--Metropolis
"In her book Wright on Exhibit (Princeton University Press), Kathryn Smith shows how Wright used exhibitions to keep his reputation alive . . . A study focused entirely on an architect's exhibitions, as Smith has provided, might seem specific to the point of narrowness--and for another architect perhaps it might be. But exhibitions and self-promotion kept the Wright flame alive."---Will Wiles, Apollo Magazine
"Kathryn Smith takes us on a comprehensive tour through Wright's exhibitions, from his first at the Chicago Architectural Club of 1894 to New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1959. The details are fascinating, especially because of what they tell about the inclusions in those presentations and why they were chosen. . . . Smith's book is a long-needed chronicle of changes in curatorial practice and technology, particularly at New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), which mounted six solo exhibitions on Wright between 1932 and 1953, and eight others in which he appeared during this time."---Anthony Paletta, Architectural Record
"Based on several years of exhaustive research, [this book] is more than a history of Wright-themed exhibitions, for [Smith] re-examines his entire career in their light, revealing how intertwined they were with his practice."---David G. De Long, Burlington Magazine