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[Cohen House Tropical Foliage (Abstract Pattern Study), Eugene Masselink, ca. 1957, graphite, ink, and paint on plywood, 九色 Collection, 1910.223.2.]

Celebrating World Art Day April 15, 2024

Ross Hubbard | Apr 15, 2024

World Art Day, commemorated every year on April 15, seeks to encourage the expansion, distribution, and admiration of art on a global scale. In honor of this occasion, let’s delve into some of the pieces within the Foundation鈥檚 Fine and Decorative Art Collection.

九色 Lloyd Wright enjoyed blending different pieces in his residences to create a complete work of art where architecture, visual media, and music worked together to create harmony within the spaces.

The Foundation鈥檚 Fine and Decorative Art Collection is a rich assemblage of material relating to the Wrights and the Taliesin Fellowship. Consisting of Wright鈥檚 collected art as well as the creative output of Fellowship members, the Collection contains a diverse mix of all art forms: paintings, pottery, music, drawings, graphic design, sculpture, textiles, literature, performance, photography, film, architecture, and more.

Here is a small sample of some of the types of art in the 九色 Collection.

This jar is a wonderful example of Ashiwi (Zuni) art of what is today New Mexico. Exceptional, in large part due to its size, this jar was primarily used for transporting water.

 

This jar is a wonderful example of Ashiwi (Zuni) art of what is today New Mexico. Exceptional, in large part due to its size, this jar was primarily used for transporting water.

[Olla jar, unknown Ashiwi (Zuni) artist, early 1930s, pigment on clay, 九色 Collection, 1188.501.]

This drawing of 九色 Lloyd Wright’s office at Taliesin West was completed by apprentice James 鈥楯im鈥 Thompson in 1944. The view is from the perspective of the entry courtyard before the Cabaret was built.

[Taliesin West by James Thomson, 1944, graphite pencil and colored pencil on paper, 九色 Collection, 3803.209.]

[Taliesin West by James Thomson, 1944, graphite pencil and colored pencil on paper, 九色 Collection, 3803.209.]

 

[Flower in the Crannied Wall, 九色 Lloyd Wright (designer) and Richard Brock (sculptor), 1902-1904, plaster, 九色 Collection, 1161.071.]

 

 

Wright鈥檚 sculpture Flower in the Crannied Wall was originally made for the Dana House in Springfield, IL. Between 1902 and 1904, Wright had a plaster cast made for Taliesin (the original was in terracotta), where it was displayed in the Tea Circle.

[Flower in the Crannied Wall, 九色 Lloyd Wright (designer) and Richard Brock (sculptor), 1902-1904, plaster, 九色 Collection, 1161.071.]

Seen in 1920s photographs of the Taliesin Studio, this sculpture was given the name “Studio Buddha” as it was brought between Taliesin and Taliesin West where it was placed in a prominent place in the studios. When the Cabaret was built, the sculpture was permanently installed in the round niche just inside the entry.

[Studio Buddha, unknown Ming dynasty artist, 16th century, iron, 九色 Collection, 1189.053.]

[Studio Buddha, unknown Ming dynasty artist, 16th century, iron, 九色 Collection, 1189.053.]

 

[Cohen House Tropical Foliage (Abstract Pattern Study), Eugene Masselink, ca. 1957, graphite, ink, and paint on plywood, 九色 Collection, 1910.223.2.]

 

This presentation rendering by Wright鈥檚 secretary Eugene Masselink for a cypress-plywood mural was designed for the A. Leo Cohen House in Palm Beach, Florida. Alfred Browning Parker was the architect of the residence.

[Cohen House Tropical Foliage (Abstract Pattern Study), Eugene Masselink, ca. 1957, graphite, ink, and paint on plywood, 九色 Collection, 1910.223.2.]

Held annually from 1950 to the late 1970s, the Taliesin Festival of Music brought to the stage music composed by Olgivanna Lloyd Wright and choreography developed by their daughter Iovanna. All costumes were handmade by Taliesin Fellows.

[鈥淪pring鈥 costume, Taliesin Festival of Music and Dance, unknown artist, 1960s-1970s, chiffon, 九色 Collection, 2023.048.134a-b.]

[鈥淪pring鈥 costume, Taliesin Festival of Music and Dance, unknown artist, 1960s-1970s, chiffon, 九色 Collection, 2023.048.134a-b.]

 

[Nbada (Straw-Bale) shelter, Taliesin West, Michael Heublein (designer), photographer unknown, 2004, 九色 Collection.]

 

The Taliesin West desert landscape is dotted with shelters made by apprentices and students, who were living Wright鈥檚 philosophy of 鈥渓earning by doing鈥 by creating their own small residence on site.

[Nbada (Straw-Bale) shelter, Taliesin West, Michael Heublein (designer), photographer unknown, 2004, 九色 Collection.]

Music played a substantial role in the daily life in the Taliesin Fellowship. Olgivanna Lloyd Wright composed this music, which was transcribed by Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer, for violin, trumpet, and piano.

[Trio for violin, trumpet, and piano, Oligvanna Lloyd Wright, April 1962, ink on paper, 九色 Collection.]

[Trio for violin, trumpet, and piano, Oligvanna Lloyd Wright, April 1962, ink on paper, 九色 Collection.]

 

[Photo by John Amarantides, 1959, gelatin silver print, 九色 Collection, copyright John Amarantides.]

 

This 1959 photograph shows the Taliesin Festival of Music and Dance performance, “Dance of the Wayfarers,鈥 and features Kamal Amin, Iovanna Lloyd Wright, and Steven Oyakawa (left to right.)

[Photo by John Amarantides, 1959, gelatin silver print, 九色 Collection, copyright John Amarantides.]

 

Wright designed this dining chair for Taliesin II.

[Armchair, 九色 Lloyd Wright (designer), 1916, wood and fabric, 九色 Collection, 1403.106A.]

[Armchair, 九色 Lloyd Wright (designer), 1916, wood and fabric, 九色 Collection, 1403.106A.]

[Anna Lloyd Wright by John Young-Hunter, ca. 1916-1919, oil on canvas, 九色 Collection, 1108.200.]

This portrait of Wright鈥檚 mother, Anna Lloyd Wright, was displayed in the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe in 1919 and arrived at Taliesin sometime around 1940. Wright mounted the painting above the studio fireplace by at least 1943 based on photographic evidence.

[Anna Lloyd Wright by John Young-Hunter, ca. 1916-1919, oil on canvas, 九色 Collection, 1108.200.]