Artists Reimagine Famous Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings as Vintage Travel Posters

published Jun 10, 2019
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In an event that combines history, architecture and artwork under one roof, a pop up art show inspired by iconic American architect Frank Lloyd Wright is set to debut in New York City.

Hosted by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and the Spoke Art Gallery, “Frank Lloyd Wright: Timeless” features artwork by more than 12 artists from around the globe. The images highlight various Wright edifices, each of them painted with the 1930s-era Works Progress Administration travel posters in mind. The exhibition will take place in Wright’s Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona June 14-16. With pieces that begin at $50, visitors might be tempted to blow their art budget in one weekend.

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“For this upcoming exhibition, we’ve curated an international roster of contemporary designers and artists, each of whom will be interpreting Wright’s work in their own unique styles. Keeping in mind Wright’s personal interest in affordable housing, we’ve extended that interest to reflect in the show by focusing specifically on artists who specialize in the medium of serigraphy; this allows us to create limited edition screen printed works that are both handmade and affordable, a duality that I hope Wright would have appreciated,” said Ken Harman Hashimoto, Spoke Art Gallery Curator.

“The decision to use WPA posters as an inspirational starting point arose from a few considerations. First, we wanted to convey the aesthetics of the time when Wright was working. The WPA published hundreds of poster designs from the mid-1930s to the early-1940s, which was the same period that Wright was designing and building Taliesin West and Fallingwater. Additionally, the cultural impact of both the WPA and Wright are still felt today in their own respective fields, if not across fields, and the cultural impact from this period still resonates as clearly today as then.”

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In addition the Scottsdale exhibition, “Timeless” will also have a run in New York City from July 26 through July 28. Limited-edition prints of the FLW artwork will be available for sale after the NYC show ends.