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Frank Lloyd Wright and Japan : the role of traditional Japanese art and architecture in the work of Frank Lloyd Wright

Author: Kevin Nute
Publisher: New York : Van Nostrand Reinhold, ©1993.
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Frank Lloyd Wright's admiration for traditional Japanese pictorial art is well known, as is his insistence that neither the art nor the architecture of Japan had any direct influence on his own work. This book examines the evidence that quite apart from their philosophical lessons certain forms of Japanese art and architecture did in fact have a significant impact on Wright's early work, and one which may cast new  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Nute, Kevin, 1958-
Frank Lloyd Wright and Japan.
New York : Van Nostrand Reinhold, ©1993
(OCoLC)624052269
Named Person: Frank Lloyd Wright; Frank Lloyd Wright; Frank Lloyd Wright; Frank Lloyd Wright; Frank Lloyd Wright
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kevin Nute
ISBN: 0442309082 9780442309084
OCLC Number: 28417619
Description: 244 pages : illustrations ; 31 cm
Contents: 1. 'Japanism' and the Boston orientalists --
2. Japanese Homes: the Japanese house dissected --
3. The Ho-o-den: the temple and the villa married in south Chicago --
4. Fenollosa and the 'organic' nature of Japanese art --
5. Composition: the picture, the plan, and the pattern, as aesthetic line-ideas --
6. The woodblock print and the geometric abstraction of natural, man-made, and social forms --
7. Okakura and the social and aesthetic Ideals of the East --
8. Japan itself: giving and receiving in 'Yedo' --
9. Japan as inspiration: analogies with Japanese built-forms --
10. Japan as confirmation: the universal manifested in the particular --
Appendix A. Summary of events --
Appendix B. Biographical sketches --
Appendix C. Kakuzo Okakura's catalogue of the Ho-o-den --
Appendix D. Peter Bonnet Wight's description of the Ho-o-den --
Appendix E. Ernest Fenollosa's essay on "The Nature of Fine Art" --
Appendix F. Frederick Gookin's reviews of Kakuzo Okakura's books --
Appendix G. Glossary.
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Frank Lloyd Wright's admiration for traditional Japanese pictorial art is well known, as is his insistence that neither the art nor the architecture of Japan had any direct influence on his own work. This book examines the evidence that quite apart from their philosophical lessons certain forms of Japanese art and architecture did in fact have a significant impact on Wright's early work, and one which may cast new light on his general approach to design. More specifically, the study sets out to explain Wright's particular perception of traditional Japanese art and architecture in terms of his own 'organic' design principles. And by illustrating how he brought together disparate forms and ideas in new creative syntheses it attempts to clarify the nature of his artistic originality. Eight primary channels of influence, from woodblock prints to publications and individual buildings are examined in detail, and the evidence of their impact on Wright's written and built work is illustrated through a combination of textual and graphic analyses.

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