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!
Images via okcarchitecture.com
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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Here's a link to an infographic created by the team behind The Tiny House Movement, who decided to collect over 70,000 data points associated with the question "how do tiny house people compare to the average American." The results were turned into a snappy infographic poster that you can purchase to grace the walls of your small abode. More here.
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Artist Federico Babina has created a series of illustrations called Archipix that portrays a bunch of "starchitects" (including a pixelated Frank Lloyd Wright) as if they were vintage 8-bit video game characters. Just watch out for that pesky Donkey Kong, Mr. Wright. See more here.
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Designer and illustrator, Steve Shanabruch, is adding to his line of Chicago neighborhood logos with WPA-era inspired posters featuring iconic Chicago landmarks. See more here.
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I've always loved the design of the clustered tetrahedral shaded lamps (created around 1956 by Taliesin apprentice Richard
Carney) and wanted to find a way to bring this type of accent light into my own home. So I did some thinking and designing and came up with a way to make it happen.
The material the shades are made from actual wood veneer laminated to paperboard. This allows it to be scored, folded, and glued like a packaging carton. I had one of my Structural Designer friends design a CAD structure for the shade and the cut the piece out on a CAD table. We then folded it and glued it together to make a three dimensional shade. I made sure to leave a little hole at the tip of each shade so that the string connected to the light could be threaded through.
I then got some remote controlled LED puck lights, attached natural twine to them, strung the shades together and hung them from the ridge post of the house as shown.
I had a triangular piece of steel cut by Chicago artist Randall Kramer for use as a counter balance to keep everything in place as it hangs.
And that's how I made my new set of natural material accent pendant lights that require no electric wiring and can be controlled remotely. I hope Mr. Wright would be proud!
Inspiration image via mylittlehousedesign.com/the rest via PrairieMod
The Niles Herald-Spectator recently wrote-up the show "Modernism’s Messengers: The Art of Alfonso and Margaret Iannelli", currently running at the Chicago Cultural Center. Read it here and then go see the show before its gone!
Image via Tim Samuelson
Fair Oak Workshops is offering two limited edition Yoshiko Yamamoto block prints used to illustrate author Audrey Sutherland's Paddling North, about a solo, summer long voyage along the southeast coast of Alaska in an inflatable kayak. These are absolutely lovely, so be sure to get your print before they are gone! More here.
Images via Fair Oak Workshops
Bill S. recently sent a link to a painted plaster sculpture in an upcoming auction that is reported to be a Wright/Iannelli study for Midway Gardens. At first blush, it looks geometric and has a music theme, but there's something off about it and doubts have been raised about attributing it to Wright/Iannelli and Midway Gardens.
I asked Tim Samuelson, Cultural Historian for the City of Chicago and Iannelli expert, and he agrees with the doubts. In his opinion, "it's probably one of the plaster figures from the Southtown Theatre [formally] of 63rd St - many people have mistakenly attributed these to Iannelli."
Anyone out there know for sure? Send me an email or post a comment and help solve the mystery.
Image via Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
The Chicago Art Deco Society will be hosting a Launch party on Thursday, August 8, 2013 for the new Alfonso Ianneli book along with a tour of the Iannelli exhibit currently at the Chicago Cultural Center. There will then be an signing party at the Cliff Dwellers Club. Space is limited, so become a member of the Chicago Art Deco Society and join us for a night celebrating all things Iannelli! Details here.
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The Summer 2013 issue of the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust's Wright Angles newsletter highlights the meticulous restoration of the Wright-designed and Charles Corwin painted Fisherman and the Genie mural in the Playroom of the his Oak Park Home. Read more about it here.
Image via FLWPT/James Caulfield
We are sad to hear of the passing of author and curator, Cheryl Robertson on July 6, 2013. Cheryl was an expert on several Arts & Crafts-related subjects, most notably George Mann Niedecken. I had the pleasure to hear a few of Cheryl's lectures and meet her in person several years ago after one of her Niedecken lectures. Read more about her remarkable life and contributions here.
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It's finally here! The long-awaited book on the life and work of Alfonso Iannelli by author David Jameson, Alfonso Iannelli: Modern by Design, has arrived and shipping from the publisher, Top Five Books.
Order your copy by following the link and get ready to discover one of Modernism's best kept secrets.
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Reminder! Tim Samuelson will be giving a talk titled "Margaret Iannelli: Fragile Flower" on Thursday July 11, 2013 at 7pm at the Elgin Area Historical Society. Details here.
Image via Tim Samuelson
William Stout Architectural Books is highlighting original issues of the important Dutch design and architecture magazine, Wendingen, for sale. Their recent newsletter highlights selections that cover architecture and architects (like Frank Lloyd Wright). See more here and check out the full list of issues available for sale here.
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A few years ago we posted a selection of holiday cards designed by Organic Architects. It was great fun and many people enjoyed seeing the wonderful variety of creative designs. I'm putting the word out early this year to see if our PrairieMod readers can send me images of more Organic Architectural holiday card designs.
Better yet, send me an email and let me know if you have any Organic Design cards you want to place in the PrairieMod archive. I'll scan them, share them with readers, and make sure you get credit for sending them. To sweeten the deal, I'll reciprocate by sending you a special PrairieMod thank you gift. Happy (early) Holidays!
Image copyright Phil Fedderson
Good news! During my recent visit to Two Rivers, WI I learned that the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum has a new home in town that is more than twice the size of the current museum. After a herculean move, they are looking to reopen the museum in a month or so. Check out the museum's website to learn more, help 'em out by making a donation (or buying something) and make sure you plan a visit to see this amazing place in person!
Image via Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum
I stumbled upon a surprising Frank Lloyd Wright offering on eBay yesterday: The Usonian cat house and its presentation drawing, designed in 1954 for the owners of the Gerald Tonkens House in Cincinnati, OH. This kitty house and drawing has been offered at auction and online several other times--maybe eBay will finally be the "purrfect" place to sell this odd piece of Wrightian design. See this listing here.
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The Rahr-West Art Museum will be hosting a series of special events associated with their new exhibit Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior, a national traveling exhibit starting at the Rahr-West from June 9 through August 4. The special events include:
• Gallery Talk with Curator Virginia Terry Boyd on Sunday, June 23, 1pm-2pm
• Architecture of the Vilas-Rahr Mansion with Dan Juchniewich on Sunday, July 14, 1pm-2pm
• Bernard Schwartz House Historian Gail Fox on Sunday, July 21, 1pm-2pm
• All attendees to the exhibit may receive free passes to the Bernard Schwartz House's summer tours. (limit one ticket per person). Tour Dates are June 23, July 13, August 3 & August 4.
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Opening this week: MoMA presents its first major exhibition on the work of Le Corbusier (Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, 1887–1965), encompassing his work as an architect, interior designer, artist, city planner, writer, and photographer. The exhibit runs through September 23, 2013.
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In about a month, the long-awaited book on the life and work of Alfonso Iannelli will be back from the printer. Make sure you are one of the first to get your copy by pre-ordering at the publisher's website here. In the meantime, get your Iannelli fix by visiting the show, Modernism's Messengers: The Art of Alfonso and Margaret Iannelli at the Chicago Cultural Center.
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