Images of Wright
sites are themselves artworks
By Alan G. Artner
Tribune art critic
September 23, 2005
photography is a peculiar business. In one sense, it's a species of
advertising, existing to show off a building to prospective clients
and simply document what someone else has created. Few people therefore
succeed in making architectural photos that are works of art--and even
then the architect often proves stronger than the photographer.
Pedro Guerrero's images of buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright are a notable
In the small exhibition of prints at the ArchiTech Gallery are images
that are graphically as modern and daring as the structures.
Many significant photographers shot works by Wright. None did it for
as long a time -- 20 years -- as Guerrero. The pieces on view are of
the Taliesin and Taliesin West buildings, plus some Wright portraits.
Despite strong, isolated images of Wright buildings by Bill Hedrich,
Edmund Teske and Ezra Stoller, you will never see a sustained group
of pictures that surpasses Guerrero' s in formal power.
The best ones on show -- ArchiTech has many more -- are of Taliesin
West, where the structures can be continually related, as Wright intended,
to desert and sky. Guerrero' s gift is in isolating parts of the building
to stand for the whole. He deals here in essences, massive forms reproduced
in ink black that are frequently as challenging as abstractions by Franz
Kline. They are great pictures, clearly more than documents.
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