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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House Hosts Public Exhibition of Jun Kaneko Sculptures

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House
Provides Perfect Backdrop to Jun Kaneko
Sculptures in Public Art Exhibition

Are you a fan of the late Architect Frank Lloyd Wright? I sure am. When I visited Chicago on my 2019 summer vacation, Geoffrey and I took a day trip Oak Park to tour the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio and we had all kinds of crazy fun. If you are also a lover of art and architecture, and you also have the means to travel to Buffalo, New York, here’s an excursion that is worth the effort to get to. The Albright-Knox’s Public Art Initiative has partnered with Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House to present an exciting installation featuring artist Jun Kaneko’s monumental ceramic sculptures, which will be on view through early October 2021. Titled The Space Between: Frank Lloyd Wright | Jun Kaneko, the installation comprises seven of the artist’s enormous, freestanding ceramic works for outdoor display on the newly restored grounds of the Martin House estate.

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Born in Japan in 1942, Kaneko is an internationally renowned artist primarily known for his pioneering work in ceramic materials. His large pieces, called dangos, are the result of a complex traditional Japanese raku firing and glazing process that produces unique geometric shapes and vibrant color combinations. “In this era of social distancing, the safe, engaging, stimulating experience that public art provides is more important than ever before,” said Janne Sirén, Albright-Knox Peggy Pierce Elfvin Director. “We are proud to collaboratively present this exhibition with the Martin House as our organizations strive to fulfill our missions of enriching and transforming our community.” Wright and Kaneko were both pioneers in their fields, and Wright had an enduring interest in Japanese arts and culture and a reverence for nature, all of which are beautifully captured in Kaneko’s work.

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“This public art installation is a unique opportunity to experience the interaction between Kaneko’s sculptures, Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture, and the surrounding landscape,” said Mary Roberts, Martin House Executive Director. “The site is now reopened to public tours, and the artwork has provided another reason to visit the estate.” Many of Kaneko’s works represent years of production time due to their immense scale, which takes months to slowly build up to avoid the works being crushed under their own weight. The tallest works in the exhibition are more than 10 feet tall with walls in excess of three inches thick and weigh close to 3,000 pounds. Their fired slip-surfaces create a glass-like coating suitable for outdoor public display in the extreme weather conditions that will occur during the sixteen-month installation.

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In addition to the seven large works on the grounds, several smaller works will be on view inside the Eleanor and Wilson Greatbatch Pavilion, the Martin House public visitor center. The selection of works for the installation has been curated by Albright-Knox Public Art Curator Aaron Ott and organized by Martin House Curator Susana Tejada. Visit This Link for more information, and to plan your visit!

Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Cake

Frank Lloyd Wright Cake By Creative Cakes
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Beautiful, Architecturally Sound and Delicious.

Pink Thing of the Day: Pink Guggenheim Museum

Pink Guggenheim Museum Drawing
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I love this rendering of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Guggenheim Museum, Located on Fifth Avenue at 88th Street. I’ll be heading up there later today!

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Guggenheim Museum with Rose Marble Schematic Drawing (Photo By Gail)

Update 7/3/17: I took this photo today at the Museum of Modern Art as part of their current exhibit, Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive, up through October 1, 2017.

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House in LEGOs

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I am a big fan of the work of maverick architect Frank Lloyd Wright; this much is no secret. When I was in Chicago in the Spring of 2010, I had the chance to take the train out to the suburb of Oak Park, where I toured Wright’s own family home and studio as well as a dozen or so other residences designed by Wright that still exist in that neighborhood. Wow, what a cool way to spend an afternoon is all I can say. Frank Lloyd Wright! Sadly, I did not get to see the Robie House – which resides in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood – because it was undergoing renovation at the time. Built in 1910 for Frederic Robie, a bicycle and motorcycle manufacturer, this home was one of the first houses to be turned into a national landmark. Now, LEGO has released a replica kit of Frank Lloyd Wright’s 101-year-old masterpiece. Because, how could they not? The LEGO Robie House, designed by Adam Reed Tucker, includes 2,276 pieces and is now available directly from LEGO at This Link for just $199!

Thanks to Gizmodo For The Tip!

Contemplating the Void at NYC’s Guggenheim Museum


Submission from Anish Kapoor

It really is true that I missed the best New York City weather so far this year during the week I spent vacationing in Chicago. It also seems to be the case that I brought Chicago’s dreary, damp and cold weather back with me (you’re welcome), as yesterday was one of those Saturdays where you can’t help but ask, “How can I manage to leave my house but still spend all day indoors avoiding this crap weather?” You know what I’m talking about. On such a day, Geoffrey and I found ourselves at the marvelous Guggenheim Museum, where there was much arty fabulousness to enjoy for free (thank you, Corporate Membership)!

Submission From Saunders Architecture

As of today you have ten more days to experience Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum, a collective experience were hundreds of artists and architects were invited to re-imagine the central void of the rotunda space within the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building. What that means basically is a bunch artistically inclined creative thinkers submitted proposals for installations or redesigns to fill the big empty space in the middle of this spiral-shaped building’s interior. For this challenge, you cannot even imagine the fantastic things that some people conjured up in their brains. Honestly, this was the most fun exhibit I’ve seen at the Guggy in the past five years, including Cai Guo-Qiang’s reinacted car bomb explosion from last year. You can see thumbnails of all the proposals at This Link, but if you can make it uptown to Fifth Avenue and 89th Street, you really have to see this exhibit in person. You have until April 28, 2010.

Submission From Ball Nogues Studio

Also on current display at the Guggenheim New York is a wonderful “out of the box thinking” photography/video/performance exhibit called Haunted, which just happens to be the title of my favorite novel by Chuck Palahniuk! The Haunted exhibit was also a lot of fun and very thought provoking. Art! Do pay a visit to the Guggenheim as soon as you can and if it’s a nice day out remember that Central Park is just across the street!

Favorite Art: The Rock By Peter Blume

The Rock Peter Blume
Photo By Gail

You might have noticed that posts on the blog were a little on the thin side last week, because I was away vacationing with my sister in the lovely American city of Chicago. No one will argue that Chicago is a pretty happening place for a vacation, especially if you like to visit amazing sites, eat delicious food and suffer wildly unpredictable weather. In fact, due to last weeks’ extremely shitty inclement weather in “The Windy City,” we ended up doing a lot of “indoor activities” – including one afternoon spent wandering around aimlessly inside the massive Art Institute, Chicago, which is just insane. If you’ve been to NYC’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the two are very similar: huge and full of art. Of all the many paintings and other arty stuff that we saw, my favorite is this painting by Peter Blume (19061992) called The Rock. It has a little bit of an interesting back story: The Rock was originally commissioned in 1939 by the Edgar Kaufmann family for their Frank Lloyd Wright–designed home, Falling Water, located in Bear Run, Pennsylvania. The construction of Falling Water can be seen on the left side of the composition. The painting has all kinds of crazy surreal details and it’s just super awesome. I wish I could afford to have this painting hanging on the walls of the Chickpad. If you ever find yourself in the Art Institute of Chicago, make sure you find this painting and spend some time looking at it. Then go down to the basement where they have this mind-blowing collection of period room miniatures that is just the shit. More fun posts about my rad trip to Chicago will show up on The Gig over the next week or so.

Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward

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“The space within becomes the reality of the building.” Fallingwater House (Located in Bear Run, Pennsylvania) in Winter

Anybody who knows dick about architecture knows that Frank Lloyd Wright was a mysterious genius. The Guggenheim museum here in NYC (which Wright designed) currently has an amazing retrospective of his projects – both built and unrealized – including plans, drawings, schematics, models and photographs of structures that would just crack your skull wide open with their awesomeness. Geoffrey and I saw the Guggenheim show a few weeks ago and I am still having dreams about his houses. I mean, have you ever seen pictures of the Fallingwater House? Can you even believe something like that exists? Talk about an artist who was light years a head of his time.

The Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit runs through August 23rd, 2009 at the Guggenheim Museum, located uptown at 89th and Fifth Avenue, across from Central Park.