Artist Larry Zgoda has recently donated a hand painted plate by renowned Chicago artist, Edgar Miller, and an antique Osterizer, food blender, designed by Alfonso Iannelli to the Iannelli Studios Heritage Center in Park Ridge, Illinois. Judy Barclay accepted the items on August 1, 2014, and expects to display them with the developing museum’s collection of Iannelli and related art and artifacts. Read more after the jump...
The Sioux City Journal recently featured the story of why the Alfonso Iannelli-sculpted panel depicting the Seventh Commandment ("Thou Shall Not Commit Adultery") was intentionally omitted from the Sioux City County Courthouse in Sioux City, IA. Read about it here and in the newly re-published book on the building and its history, The Woodbury County Courthouse Revealed.
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The Kalo Foundation in Park Ridge, IL recently received a very generous donation to the Iannelli Studios Heritage Center from Ms. Carol Schmidt: a reproduction concrete "Sprite" which was cast off an original sculpture originally executed by Alfonso Iannelli for Frank Lloyd Wright's Midway Gardens. Read more about it here and plan to visit it in person!
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Curbed LA features a special article on the effort to preserve one of Los Angeles' greatest interior-architecture treasures: a massive installation of custom tiles by renowned Pasadena Arts & Crafts Era tile artist, Ernest A. Batchelder. The interior was created in 1914 for the Dutch Chocolate Shop on the ground floor of a at 217 West Sixth Street in downtown Los Angeles. Because of the loss of other Batchelder tiled interiors, preservationists are fretting over the fate of this gem. Read and see more here.
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From the Kalo Art Craft Community House where the Chicago silver industry was born to the Park Ridge studio of noted artist Alfonso Iannelli, who helped design the world famous Pickwick Theater and sculpted the Rock of Gibraltar on the Prudential Building in Chicago, The Kalo Foundation's historic tours initiative will premier at the Taste of Park Ridge and will highlight the larger narrative of the artists’ colony that flourished in Park Ridge at the turn of the 20th Century and beyond. More after the jump...
Celebrate the Fourth of July by reading the PrairieMod featured article about Frank Lloyd Wright's most patriotic graphic design: the cover of the July 1937 Town & Country magazine. Read it here and happy 4th!
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Wright in Kankakee sends word that they will be hosting a special event on Friday July 19-20, 2014 at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed B. Harley Bradley House. The event will feature various fine artists showing and selling their art work. Doors will be open from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is $5. There will also be a special preview party on the 18th (see info at left). For more information follow the link or contact Janice Miller at 815-933-ARTS or email email@example.com.
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The Kalo Foundation had two very important fragments from the (now lost) Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Midway Gardens (1914) donated to its growing collection. A "sprite" head and a wall panel from the building were donated by Phil Fedderson to the organization and are now on display at the Iannelli Home and Studio in Park Ridge, IL. It's a great new home for the pieces, especially since Alfonso Iannelli had such an important and integral connection to Midway Gardens and its sculpture. Plan your visit to see the pieces here.
Image via Craig Harris/Phil Fedderson
Kelly L. wanted to let PrairieMod readers know that there is a new exhibition at INOVA in Milwaukee. Titled "The Uncertainty of Enclosure: Leo Saul Berk," it features the work of Berk, who grew up in Bruce Goff's Ford House in Aurora, IL. The sculpture in the exhibit is inspired by living in the wondrously creative house. More info here.
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Paul R. sends a link to the news that Mason City, IA has added a bronze sculpture of Frank Lloyd Wright in the town's Central Park and facing one of his works, the Park Inn Hotel. Read more about it here.
Image credit: ARIAN SCHUESSLER, The Globe Gazette
Madison Magazine recently featured a new art print depicting the WIsconsin capital city by artist Kim Sly. I like the loosely abstract Mod style used to create the cityscape (and I especially dig that Monona Terrace makes an appearance.) Kim has a bunch of other cities in her print series at her etsy.com shop. See them here.
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I stumbled across some fantastic Wright-inspired illustrations by Irish artist, Alan Nagle, that I thought I'd share with PrairieMod readers. I love the use of color and stylization in these! Visit Alan's Behance web page here.
Images copyright Alan Nagle
Word reaches us that Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice, Ling Po, passed away yesterday at the age of 97. Ling worked on the drawings for many of Mr. Wright's later buildings (including the Guggenheim) and was responsible for executing several "Taliesin Line" of fabric designs for Schumacher. Read more about his life and work here.
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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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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
Left image via steinerag.com/Right image copyright PrairieMod
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.
Image via WGN9