The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Spoke Art gallery, based in San Francisco and New York City, have joined forces to host a pop-up art exhibition “Frank Lloyd Wright: Timeless” at Wright’s Scottsdale winter home, Taliesin West, June 14 – 16.
Following the debut of the show, the exhibition will travel to Spoke Art’s sister gallery in New York, Hashimoto Contemporary, July 26 – 28. The show will feature artistic interpretations of Wright-designed buildings and guests will have an opportunity to purchase limited-edition, hand-numbered prints starting at $50.
The show features work from over a dozen international artists, with pieces designed in the style of a 1930s-era Works Progress Administration travel poster. Participating artists include Steve Thomas from Minnesota, George Townley and Matt Taylor from the United Kingdom, Max Dalton from Argentina, Martin Ansin from Uruguay, Nico Delort from France and Alison King from Phoenix.
“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,” says 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.”
“Frank Lloyd Wright’s timeless work and ideas are more relevant today than ever before. We see this over and over again as his work inspires popular culture, showing up in TV shows like HBO’s Game of Thrones and Westworld, movies like Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs, along with music, comics, anime, and more,” says Jeff Goodman, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation vice president of communication and partnerships. “We are very excited to partner with Spoke Art to pair some of the best contemporary pop culture artists with the greatest architect of all time. The result is an extraordinary collection of new artwork that will excite longtime fans of Wright and introduce the breadth his designs to new generations.”
Frank Lloyd Wright: Timeless
June 14 – 16, Taliesin West, Scottsdale | June 14 – VIP reception 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
July 26 – 28, Hashimoto Gallery, 210 Rivington St., New York City
To learn more about the Spoke Art Frank Lloyd Wright show, or to purchase these limited-edition prints (after the New York show closes), visit franklloydwright.org/spokeart.