Art And Craft Of The Machine Analysis

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Art and Craft of the Machine- Frank Lloyd Wright

The key aspect discussed by Frank Lloyd Wright in ‘The Art and Craft of the Machine' is 'the machine' in which he stresses that ‘in the machine lies the only future of Arts and Crafts’. During the time, 1901, Wright wrote the visionary article, expressing his philosophy on 'the machine', how it can be used, studying the misuse of ‘the machine' in architecture and art; supporting his points with historical events and art movements. Wright's report reviews movements and historical events such as the Renaissance, the Gutenberg press, classical antiquity, industrial revolution, neoclassicism, the machine era and Arts and Crafts movement.
Wright, being the zealot of watching for the budding of art
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From analysing ‘The Art and Craft of the Machine’ Wright refers to the industrial revolution as ‘the machine’ and not only for the machine-era. Wright starts off by how the Renaissance was the apex of architecture: “fifteenth century the press is yet weak, and at most draws from architecture superabundance of life” . Wright talks about how the printing press industry was yet weak but was when printing started and so was the slow demise of classic architecture. ‘setting sun which we mistake for dawn’ since during the “sixteenth century, the malady of architecture is visible” .After which Wright felt architecture became redundant and was based upon art that ignored the growing power of ‘the machine’ and at the end of the industrial revolution is when it was clear that architecture was being encompassed with the new growing industry due to ‘the machine’. Wright essentially states that the neoclassical movement is the flawless example of the misuse of the machine as he quotes that “classic art in a miserable manner; from being indigenous, it becomes Greek and Roman: from being true and modern, it becomes pseudo-classic” . At this point Wright stresses his frustration over not witnessing further progression in architecture. The words ‘pseudo-classic’ is what Wright describes, in 1901, the neoclassical architecture as it did not have its name whilst Wright published this

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