1931 · Taliesin
by Wright, Frank Lloyd
Taliesin, 1931. Glass Framed. Fine condition, matted and gilt framed -- suitable for hanging. Typed letter, 45 x 20 cm. to friend and architectural critic, Lewis Mumford. "My dear Lewis: I've read `The Brown Decade' you so kindly sent me and it is a useful work in your splendid style. I didn't agree in total but admire and respect......The Guggenheim has asked me for a recommendation for the new work she wants to do and I gave my best - but wrote her what I though of her thesis. You know what I must think about that. Enclosed is a copy of what I think about it for your files if you care for it."
Wright would later accept the contract to build the Guggenheim three years later in 1943: Hilla R, the curator stated to Wright that he wanted to build, "A temple of spirit, a monument."
The balance of the letter notes his apology to Mumford for missing a meeting with him, his reading of Mumford's critique of the Metropolitan Museum in the New Yorker Magazine, an invitation to Mumford to visit that winter: and perhaps most poignantly -- "And Lewis, please don't ever fall out with me. I should be afraid of you. (Inventory #: 20353)