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The Guggenheim: Frank Lloyd Wright and the Making of the Modern Museum
Contributions by Hilary Ballon, Luis Carranza, Pat Kirkham, Neil Levine, Mina Marefat, Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer, Joseph M. Siry, Nancy Spector, and Margo Stipe
Published in 2009
248 pages, fully illustrated
Hardcover and softcover, 8 1/4 x 12 inches
In this first-ever book to explore the process behind one of the greatest modern buildings in America, The Guggenheim: Frank Lloyd Wright and the Making of the Modern Museum examines the history, design, and construction of Wright’s masterwork. Fully illustrated with preliminary drawings, models, and photographs, the book includes three major essays that consider the building in three important contexts: Hillary Ballon discusses the obstacles Wright faced in getting the Guggenheim built and how his complex relationship with New York City was reflected in his design; Neil Levine explores why Wright's Guggenheim had a much greater impact on museum architecture than museums designed by Le Corbusier and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe; and Joseph Siry writes about the museum’s novel construction and how it impacted the work of a later generation of architects including Frank Gehry, Louis Kahn, and I.M. Pei. Through archival letters and a richly illustrated timeline, the book also traces the relationship between the architect and his clients during the sixteen-year construction process. This book is published on the occasion of museum’s fiftieth anniversary and in association with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. With contributions by Hilary Ballon, Luis Carranza, Pat Kirkham, Neil Levine, Scott Perkins, Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer, Nancy Spector, Angela Starita, and Gillermo Zuaznabar.