I recently received a copy of a book to review that piqued my interest the moment I opened the shipping box. Drawing Ideas: A Hand-Drawn Approach for Better Design by Mark Baskinger and William Bardel and published by Watson-Guptill is a sumptuous and informative read from cover-to-cover. More after the jump...
Curbed Chicago reports that the Chicago Design Museum will become a permanent archive and gallery in the city this June that will be open year-round. They are launching a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds and support for the first exhibition in the new space. Learn more and support the effort here.
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I recently found myself passing through Grand Rapids, MI on my way back from a business meeting and I had a little time on my hands. So, I decided to pop into the Grand Rapids Art Museum to see their stunning Eugene Masselink designed and hand painted wooden screen. Gene originally created it for House Beautiful editor Elizabeth Gordon as part of an entire room design, including a corresponding rug. if you find yourself in Grand Rapids, make sure you pop-in to see it for yourself!
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Glass artist Larry Zgoda and his associate, Emily Carlson, are helping to organize and contribute to the first Chicago Stained Glass Invitational Exhibition taking place on Wednesday, March 19, at Solstice Stained Glass, 2010 W. Fulton, in Chicago, from noon to 7 pm.
Larry will have original works displayed, and there will be works by a dozen other artists and crafters. Many aspects of glass art making will be highlighted, including painting, restoration, lampmaking, stenciling, and more. Larry will also be showing a unique panel by Edgar Miller and will have the Edgar book available for purchase. Guests are invited to bring images and questions about their stained glass, which may be answered by a team of hands-on scholars.
This one day event will be a part of the Day of Glass, taking place in conjunction with the 43rd annual Glass Art Society Conference, being held in Chicago for the very first time. To learn more about the Chicago Stained Glass Invitational Exhibition please call 773-698-3813.
According to an article from the globegazette.com, Wright On The Park and the Mason City Public Library this week will unveil a 12-inch reproduction of the Richard Bock designed statue of Mercury which was originally created for Frank Lloyd Wright’s City National Bank in 1910. The unveiling will be in the library commons on Friday February 28 at 4 p.m. and is open to the public.
The statues will also be for sale for $85 each (plus shipping fee if required) at the library, the Architectural Interpretive Center, The Historic Park Inn Hotel, Moorman’s Clothiers, In Home Gallery and Gifts and online at www.wrightonthepark.org, with proceeds going jointly to the library and to Wright on the Park. Read more about it here.
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Mark Hertzberg sends a link to an article in the New York Times about Museo Jumex,the zig-zag-topped museum of contemporary art in Mexico City that was brought to life (and underwritten) by wealthy patron, Eugenio López Alonso. Read more about it here.
Image of museum under construction from Wikipedia
Metropolis Magazine recently interviewed ArchiTech Gallery owner and author, David Jameson, on the life and the work of Alfonso Iannelli. Read the interview here and then pick up the comprehensive Iannelli book AND go see the new Iannelli exhibit at the ArchiTech Gallery. Details here.
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Love is in the air and however you say it, Happy Valentine's Day! Get your sweetie something from the heart here.
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Heads-up! The newest issue of the Friends of Kebyar Journal is now available. The issue is all about the painted "Compositions" of Bruce Goff and features a wonderful essay on the topic by Sidney K. Robinson. The issue also happens to be designed by yours truly! Get your copy by becoming a member of the Friends of Kebyar here.
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Blouin News reports that the recent "Artisanal" line of fashion by Maison Martin Margiela of Paris featured new designs that utilized pieces of vintage fabric. Why of interest to us? One of the design incorporated to panels (with red square signature borders intact) of “Design 706” Schumacher fabric by Frank Lloyd Wright. Not sure what the black hood is about, but I guess that's fashion for you. Read more here.
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Pam O'Connor sends word that after 3 years of effort, Alfonso Iannelli and his Fountain of The Pioneers in Kalamazoo, MI FINALLY appears on the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office's Michigan Modern website. A capital campaign to restore this amazing Modern public art work is preparing to begin, and it's hoped that appearing on this website will help significantly. See more here.
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Mark H. sends a link to an article in The New York Times about The Museum of Modern Art's recently unveiled grand expansion plans. Unfortunately, the museum’s overhaul includes the destruction of the former American Folk Art Museum next door. Read more and see the MoMA expansion plan here.
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Here's a link to an article about artist Brenda Baker's large, egg-shaped mass of twigs called "Seed Pod," which was integrated at Frank Lloyd Wright's Monona Terrace in downtown Madison since October 2013. Made with the branches of invasive plant species, "Seed Pod" was commissioned by the Society of Ecological Restoration's conference last year which was held at Monona Terrace. Read more about it here.
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Architect Steve Cofer created the 2014 Modernist Chicago Calendar, a 13-page large 11" x 17" set of beautiful hand drawn pen and ink sketches from his trips to the Windy City. I'm especially taken with the Robie House drawing for April.
Printed on gray heavy stock and glue bound at the top with centered punch for hanging and chipboard backing. $20 each plus $5.00 shipping per order within the continental US.
To get yours, send an e-mail to Steve at [email protected] to receive a PayPal Invoice. Please allow 2-3 weeks for shipping.
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The ArchiTech Gallery's newest show, called Alfonso Iannelli and the Studios, opens today and will be up through April 26, 2014. The show features several remarkable pieces for sale from the full spectrum of the Iannelli Studios career. Check out some of the offerings by following the link and be sure to visit the gallery before the show closes.
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December is auction season for all the big-ticket items, it seems. PrairieMod reader Popi Cana sends a link to today's Phillips auction in which an incredibly designed (and incredibly rare...and incredibly expensive) Teco vase by Fritz Albert is for sale to the highest bidder. See more here.
The 11-foot statue of the Madonna sculpted by the Iannelli Studios and which once stood above the main entry at the former Immaculata High School on Chicago’s North Side has finally made its way back to the Iannelli Studios in Park Ridge, IL where it will be restored and displayed by the Kalo Foundation. Read and see more here.
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I've always been intrigued by the blue "Mod" book cover design from a 1970 re-issue of the 1939 An Organic Architecture: The Architecture of Democracy. The letter forms that make up "Frank Lloyd Wright" are written in right-angle lines—but I always felt the design missed the mark by not creating a perfect square out of the forms. So, I decided to remix the idea, clean up some of the parts, and made a perfect square iteration. Of course the next step was to obviously make it cherokee red. Now that feels (W)right!
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Here's the next in my holiday gift picks to help you shop for the architecture-lover on your shopping list: Anyone who loves Frank Lloyd Wright, design, and printing will treasure this limited edition letterpress print of the Isabelle R. Martin House, created by the WNY Book Arts Center. You can order one at the Graycliff online shop while they last. See all the ArchiTypes prints in this series here.
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The holidays are here and you might be in need of the perfect gift for that architecture or design lover on your list. As the weeks wind down this December, I'll be giving a few of my holiday gift picks that may help readers find something perfect. The first pick is any one of the beautiful hand-thrown and decorated pots by Mary Pratt offered by Fair Oak Workshops. Check out all of the options available for purchase here. Keep in mind, though that the cutoff date on orders for guaranteed delivery in time for Christmas is December 6, 2013.
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As a special Thanksgiving treat I created a new Mod illustration of Frank Lloyd Wright's first independent commission, the iconic William H. Winslow House (1894). I was so inspired by my recent tour of this beautiful house, that I thought I'd try my hand at capturing its fantastic lines and form in my simplified figure/ground graphic style. Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!
Illustration copyright PrairieMod
Almost 150 generous people were responsible for donating the $15,000 needed to save the Alfonso Iannelli-designed Guard Family Memorial. Congratulations to those who helped a fantastic cause and saved an important work of Modernism. There's still some time left to go until the official deadline--so give something here if you'd like to be apart of a great cause!
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The Kickstarter campaign to save the Alfonso Iannelli-designed Guard Family Memorial has only 3 days left to reach its goal of raising $15,000. The effort has raised over $10,000 to date, so success is so close! If you havn't helped this fantastic cause yet, don't miss a chance to be part of saving a remarkable piece of Organic Design. There are plenty of cool "Thank You" gifts left, too, including original copies of the 1965 Prairie School Review issue featuring Alfonso Iannelli. Back this project with your donation here.
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The December 7, 2013 auction at the John Toomey Gallery in Oak Park, IL has a plethora of amazing pieces related to Frank Lloyd Wright and the Prairie School (and more). I pulled images of a few of the more tantalizing pieces being offered including: Plaster sculptures of Wright's Nokoma and Nokomis, chairs from Wright's Rayward House (aka "Tirranna"), a rare Teco vase with nice Organic Architectural lines to it, and a table from Wright's Imperial Hotel (formally of Tokyo). Check out all of the items up for auction by flipping through the virtual catalog here.
Images via John Toomey Gallery
When the Frank Lloyd Wright archives were recently moved from Scottsdale, AZ to MoMA and the Avery Library in New York City, it unsettled quite a few people. The Arizona Republic apparently dug into the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation's financials to see what such a transfer of archival materials was worth. Read more about this story here.
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Chicago's WGN Channel 9 will have a special news feature on Tuesday night at 9pm highlighting the story of the Alfonso Iannelli-designed Guard Family Memorial and the efforts underway to restore it. Be sure to watch it Tuesday night and then be sure to help support the Kickstarter campaign to save this wonderful memorial.
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I recently posted some pretty pricey vintage fashion photos in which the now lost Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Pauson House is shown in the background. I remembered that Chicago's ArchiTech Gallery has a beautiful vintage print of the interior of the Pauson House taken by Wright's personal photographer, Pedro E. Guerrero, that were kept as part of his private collection. It's for sale in the current Frank Lloyd Wright exhibition, now on view at the ArchiTech Gallery. Check out a few more original Guerrero's that are being offered from ArchiTech after the jump...
The Chicago Tribune reports that a bronze statue of a little girl offering water by English artist George Wade created for the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893 has been missing for almost 60 years---but a replica has been placed back in its Lincoln Park home. Read more about it here.
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The Chicago Tribune reports that a model for the iconic sculpture that Pablo Picasso gave to the city of Chicago could fetch a $35 million (or more) and set an auction record for the artists sculptural work when it is sold at Christie's next month. Read more about it here.
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There's around 50 days left to contribute to the Kickstarter campaign to restore the Alfonso Iannelli-designed Guard Memorial. Contributors to the campaign have a series of different levels they can give at--and get in return.
One level "thank you" gift is a never-before-produced reproduction of an Iannelli-designed cat paperweight from the 1920s (as seen in the images at left). Help a good cause and get some cool stuff in return!
Check it all out here.
Top image via Andrew S./Bottom image via ArchiTech Gallery
PrairieMod Squad member, Donna O., was kind enough to review a new book from Pomegranate on the life and art of Walter J. Philips. Read and see more after the jump...
Chicago Tonight's Art Beat: Inside the Arts Blog recently featured the uber-rare Frank Lloyd Wright-designed 1896 The House Beautiful book that many of us would give our eye teeth for. I've had the privledge of seeing Wright's very own copy of this book in person and it is beyond words. Now if I could just find a copy at a Chicago used book sale some day. Read more here.
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The Oklahoma City Foundation for Architecture is working with the Oklahoma City University School of Law to raise the funds necessary to conserve and protect two large Olinka Hrdy murals located in the historic Central High School building in downtown Oklahoma City.
Hrdy is seen as Oklahoma's first modern artist,and has connections to Bruce Goff and Alfonso Iannelli (Olinka Hrdy painted murals for Bruce Goff's Riverside Studio in Tulsa). Not many of Olinka's murals survive, and these particular murals are in need of immediate appraisal, repair, and protection.
The initial estimate for the restoration is $50,000. Following restoration the murals will be open for public viewing along with a rotating collection in the building's art gallery.
The Oklahoma City Foundation for Architecture is accepting donations to aid Oklahoma City University in restoring and preserving this irreplaceable part of Oklahoma history. All donations are tax-deductible and can be made online at the foundation's website here. Please help save these rare works of Modernism!
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Don't forget to attend the Alfonso Iannelli: Modern by Design book signing this Sunday, September 8, 2013 at the original Iannelli Studios in Park Ridge, IL. Author David Jameson and historian Tim Samuelson will be there to sign books—I'll be there too! Come out to see where the magic happened and meet us all. Details here.
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