|Architect Frank Lloyd Wright|
He was married three times and had seven children, the second and third wives were mistresses before becoming the next Mrs Wright. According to the documentary it was his third wife, Olga Ivanovna who passionately believed in Wright and his philosphy and completely supported him in his work.
She encouraged him to set up his home Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin where they formed the Fellowship, where young architects not only helped Wright as draftsmen in designing Taliesin, but also literally built it with their bare hands. They also farmed and harvested the fields, living a communal life. The documentary also says Olga seemed to have a hand in deciding how people were coupled up romantically.
|The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum|
Critics dismissed Wright as a has-been until they saw his outstanding project Fallingwater for the Kaufmann family in Mill Run Pennsylvania near Pittsburgh from 1934-37. As one former apprentice recalls the project, Wright and his staff visited the site many times, but he had not put any thoughts of the house design on paper in the weeks leading up to the meeting with his client.
However when Kaufmann called to say they were driving to the office, which would take a few hours, Wright immediately went to work, sketching everything out quickly and definitively, from the overview look of the house to the various angles and spacing, as if he had worked on the drawings for days.
|The Guggenheim stands out with its curvaceous design|
That commission put Wright back on the map and his next project was the S.C Johnson Administration Building which was also known as the Johnson Wax building (1936). It was a factory that had no windows and yet inside it was very airy with giant pillars inside that held the high ceilings, creating an almost religious feel to the place.
He also designed a Unitarian church whose exterior shape was inspired by two hands put together in prayer and a Greek Orthodox church that has a reflective pool next to it.
Wright's last project that consumed 16 years was the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. The architect was determined to create a building that was a counterpoint to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, to design something completely modern and contrasted with the straight lines along Fifth Avenue.
|The interior of the Guggenheim is like a seashell|
Towards the end Wright supervised construction from his home in Arizona and died six months before the Guggenheim was completed. Seeing the building after watching the documentary gives a greater appreciation to the maverick who defied his critics and was true to himself to the very end.