Wright in the Abstract

Photos © Mark Hertzberg (2022)

I had to edit 34,575 Frank Lloyd Wright building images (or 185.62 GB) down to 30 photos for an exhibit.

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Here’s the backstory: Lake Forest (Illinois) College, my alma mater, honored me with two concurrent exhibits this month for my 50th anniversary Homecoming. Rebecca Goldberg, Lecturer in Art and Director of the Gallery in the Romanesque Durand Art Institute building, initially asked me just to include a handful of my Frank Lloyd Wright work in an exhibit of my career in photojournalism. I found it hard to edit the Wright work down to just four or so photos. Fortunately there was enough space in two galleries to mount two separate exhibits, each with 30 prints. I decided to pick mostly abstract interpretations of Wright’s work than show perhaps predictable building photos. My selection is below, in alphabetical order of the commissions:

LR Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church (1956) .jpgAnnunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, 1956

LR Florida Southern College (1938)  .jpgFlorida Southern College, Lakeland, Florida, 1938

LR Florida Southern College (1938) .jpgFlorida Southern College, Lakeland, Florida, 1938

LR Florida Southern College (1938).jpgFlorida Southern College, Lakeland, Florida, 1938

LR Guggenheim Museum (1943).jpgGuggenheim Museum, New York City, 1943

LR Hillside Drafting Studio (ca. 1933).jpgHillside Drafting Room, Taliesin, Spring Green, Wisconsin, 1933

LR Hollyhock House (1919).jpgHollyhock House, Los Angeles, 1919

LR Imperial Hotel (1915).jpgImperial Hotel entry way, Tokyo, 1915, as rebuilt at Meiji Mura near Nagoya, Japan

LR Lindholm Service Station (1956).jpgLindholm Service Station, Cloquet, Minnesota, 1956

LR Marin County Civic Center (1957) .jpgMarin County Civic Center, San Rafael, California, 1957

LR Marin County Civic Center (1957).jpgMarin County Civic Center, San Rafael, California, 1957

LR Meyer May House  (1908) .jpgMeyer May House, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1908

LR Meyer May House (1908) .jpgMeyer May House, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1908

LR Meyer May House (1908).jpgMeyer May House, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1908

LR Price Tower (1956)   .jpgPrice Tower, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, 1952

LR Price Tower (1956) .jpgPrice Tower, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, 1952

LR Price Tower (1956).jpgPrice Tower, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, 1952

LR Romeo and Julie Windmill (1898).jpgRomeo and Juliet Windmill, Taliesin, Spring Green, Wisconsin, 1898

LR SC Johnson Administration Building (1936).jpgSC Johnson Administration Building, Racine, Wisconsin, 1936

LR SC Johnson Addition (1943-44).jpgSC Johnson Administration Building, Racine, Wisconsin, 1936

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SC Johnson Administration Building, Racine, Wisconsin, 1936

LR SC Johnson Research Tower (1943-44) .jpgSC Johnson Research Tower, Racine, Wisconsin, 1943/44

LR Taliesin (1911, 1925)    .jpgTaliesin, Spring Green, Wisconsin, 1911, 1925

LR Taliesin (1911, 1925)   .jpgTaliesin, Spring Green, Wisconsin, 1911, 1925

LR Taliesin (1911, 1925).jpgTaliesin, Spring Green, Wisconsin, 1911, 1925

LR Taliesin Visitors (1911, 1925).jpgTaliesin, Spring Green, Wisconsin, 1911, 1925

LR Thomas P. Hardy House (1904-05).jpgThomas P. Hardy House, Racine, Wisconsin, 1904/05

LR Wingspread (1937) .jpgWingspread, Wind Point, Wisconsin, 1937

LR Wingspread (1937).jpgWingspread, Wind Point, Wisconsin, 1937

Now, as for those 34,575 images…if I had time to go through them, a good chunk could be deleted. But who has time to do that?

Hours for the gallery…the show runs through October 30:

https://www.lakeforest.edu/academics/majors-and-minors/art-and-art-history/art-galleries

Keep scrolling down for previous posts on the website…

5 thoughts on “Wright in the Abstract

  1. Wonderful collection of photos Mark! I have visited many of those buildings and I love the spin you put on your pictures. Your lens finds the extraordinary! Thanks for sharing! ♥️

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