We are pleased to announce ...

the release of two important books on the leaded glass windows designed by America's most beloved architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. Among the most alluring of Wright's creations, these "light screens," as he liked to call them, were a remarkable modernist achievement that transformed a centuries-old art form.

Light Screens: The Leaded Glass of Frank Lloyd Wright
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Light Screens: The Leaded Glass of Frank Lloyd Wright
(Rizzoli International, 2001, 9½"x 11¾", cloth; $139.00) accompanies the first exhibition devoted solely to this aspect of the architect's work. While Wright has long been recognized for his organic approach to building design - encompassing every aspect of the site, structure and interior furnishings - no study had yet been made of the evolution of the leaded glass windows that were an integral feature of so many of these ensembles between 1885 and 1925.

This book by Julie L. Sloan, the leading authority on Wright's work in leaded glass, demonstrates Wright's masterly manipulation of light, composition and color in these patterned windows and traces the development of this feature of his architecture. There is an introductory essay by the eminent architectural historian and Wright scholar, David G. De Long.

Light Screens: The Complete Leaded Glass Windows of Frank Lloyd Wright
(Rizzoli International, 2001, 9¼"x 11½", cloth, $375) is the first comprehensive appraisal of the more than 500 window designs that are a major creative achievement within the architect's oeuvre.

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Author Julie L. Sloan examines how patterned glass negotiates the boundaries of interior space and exterior view and traces the evolution of Wright's conception of architectural form as it is revealed in the development of these "light screens."

The book includes a detailed technical history of leaded glass production from the 1890s to the 1920s. It surveys every project by Frank Lloyd Wright that is known to have included leaded glass.

The two volumes are the result of eighteen years of research by glass scholar and conservator Julie L. Sloan supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Graham Foundation for Research in the Fine Arts. With the publication of these companion volumes this important body of knowledge about Wright's work in glass will be available for scholars and students, as well as for all those who admire and appreciate modern architecture.

The exhibition, Light Screens: The Leaded Glass Windows of Frank Lloyd Wright, with approximately fifty major windows, will be seen at the following museums beginning in May, 2001: American Craft Museum, New York; Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan; Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, Pennsylvania; Orange County Art Museum, Newport Beach, California; and Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

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