HISTORIAN’S CORNER: May 31
Taliesin Preservation’s historian Keiran Murphy’s weekly round-up of noteworthy FLLW resources.
Apprentice “Jack” Howe standing next to Wright in the Hillside Drafting Studio on the Taliesin estate. Most, if not all, of Wright’s designs executed after World War II were worked on in this room. (Photograph taken by Pedro Guerrero, 1953. Property: Pedro E. Guerrero Archives. *The photograph is also in a delightful book by Guerrero, “Picturing Wright.”)
Works of art built to look like exploded houses courtesy of the British newspaper Daily Mail.
PUBLICATIONS WORTH PERUSING:
Books related to the Wright’s Taliesin Fellowship (Part II)
“A Way of Life: An Apprenticeship with Frank Lloyd Wright,” by Lois Davidson Gottlieb.
Gottlieb, an apprentice in 1947-48, took color photographs during that time—the primary focus of this book. It has completely unique views of Taliesin and Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona.
“Working with Frank Lloyd Wright: What it was Like,” by Curtis Besinger.
Besinger became a Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice in Wisconsin in 1939 and stayed until 1955. The book covers his life in the Taliesin Fellowship. Includes interesting details pertaining to being a fellow in Wisconsin and Arizona and the designs coming through both drafting studios.
“Years with Frank Lloyd Wright: Apprentice to Genius,” by Edgar Tafel
Tafel was an apprentice in the Taliesin Fellowship from 1932-41. It has anecdotes about Wright and about the Fellowship during its earliest years, beginning in the Great Depression and gives unique stories about some of the famous commissions of Wright’s in the 1930s. Tafel is “breezy” with dates, but the book contains unique photos.
PLUS these two books by Frances Nemtin:
“The Web of Life, 3 by FLLW, Like a Fern Unfurling“ and “Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin.”
Nemtin was in the Taliesin Fellowship from 1946 until her death in 2015. She designed the garden plantings at Taliesin, then supervised the ongoing care for many years. Her books have unique stories about her personal experience and other workers here in Wisconsin.