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Name:  David M. Sokol  

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The author lives in Oak Park.

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Dr. Sokol is professor emeritus of Museum Studies at the University of Illinois, Chicago.


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Otto Neumann: His Life and Work
ISBN: 0978927001

Prologue Press. 2007

One of the most versatile and original artists of the twentieth century, Otto Neumann created works of stark brutality, sumptuous beauty, and sleek simplicity in an array of media oils, watercolors, chalk, graphite, lithographs, woodcuts, and monotypes, among others. He lived through revolutionary changes in the art world of prewar and postwar Germany, and drew inspiration from his contemporaries and predecessors, as well as from sources literary and deeply personal. Today, Neumann is best known for his subtly hued woodcuts and monotypes of human, animal, and abstract forms, created in the last twenty-five years of his life. But, in addition to the range shown in these brilliant pieces, a critical part of the artist s evolution is displayed in his other, earlier works: his series of graphic illustrations based on Dante s Divine Comedy

his rich, colorful portraits in oil and watercolor

the frightening grotesques he created during Germany s calamitous late 1920s

his CÚzanne-inspired, watercolor still lifes

and his linoleum prints based on Edvard Munch s creation myth, Alpha and Omega. Otto Neumann: His Life and Work brings to light the career of a significant, overlooked artist and places his work within the proper context of great twentieth-century art. Institutions Owning Works by Otto Neumann Art Institute of Chicago, Detroit Institute of Art, Goethe Institute, Museum of Modern Art New York, Portland Art Museum, Rose Art Museum, Tampa Museum of Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Art.

Oak Park:: The Evolution of a Village (Brief History)
ISBN: 1609490703

The History Press. 2011

Though it is a handsome village, with stately trees and often-generous lawns, Oak Park has neither major waterways nor dramatic vistas. But it is rich in figures of historical importance such as Ernest Hemingway, Doris Humphrey, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Percy Julian, Ray Kroc, and William Barton. It is also blessed with the world's largest concentration of Prairie School buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and his followers. The Oak Park community has nurtured such innovation with one hand while fiercely holding on to its own identity with the other, negotiating its relationship with Chicago and facing down a century and a half of constantly-shifting challenges.

Oak Park, Illinois: Continuity and Change (IL) (Images of America)
ISBN: 0738507121

Arcadia Publishing. 2000

Immediately west of Chicago, where the Eisenhower Expressway narrows, sits Oak Park, a village proud of its rich tradition of cultural and social diversity. This birthplace of Ernest Hemingway and Doris Humphrey, the home of Frank Lloyd Wright, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and Percy Julian, is a cultural Mecca in the Midwest, with an internationally recognized reputation for its impressive array of architecture. From Victorian mansions and Neo-classical structures to Prairie School buildings and exciting contemporary architecture, Oak Park is more than just a successful residential suburb of Chicago. While the faces of its most famous citizens are recognizable, it is the creativity of its people and the beauty of its built environment that make this community so unique. In Oak Park, Illinois: Continuity and Change, the author explores the way the Village has continuously adapted to a changing world while maintaining the principles and drive that have always made Oak Park an exciting place to live and visit. As Oak Park awaits its Centennial in 2002, its citizens are facing and welcoming the challenges ahead. Long time Villagers and newer residents alike embrace the opportunities for growth and evolution, within the framework of continuity and change.

The Noble Room: The Inspired Conception and Tumultuous Creation of Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple
ISBN: 0978927036

Top Five Books. 2008

Early on the morning of June 4, 1905, lightning struck the steeple of Unity Church in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park, igniting a fire that would raze the building to the ground. The Unitarian congre-gation suddenly needed a home and turned to local architect Frank Lloyd Wright for a new approach. Thus begins the story of a watershed moment in the career of the world s most influential architect and in the history of twentieth-century architecture and design. With Wright s execution of Unity Temple, the ideas he d been working on and experimenting with for years were finally brought to fruition, and modern design was born.Frank Lloyd Wright s design for Unity Temple was radical in its simplicity a monolithic concrete exterior yet sublime in its detail and revolutionary in its use of interior space. His approach would never again be the same, and his influence would extend around the world, forever changing the face of architecture and design. But it might never have happened if not for a devoted Unitarian congregation who embraced Wright s ideas and remained faithful to the architect and his vision through the trials and calamities of construction. Building with poured concrete on this scale had never been attempted before

work took longer than anticipated, then stopped altogether

the architect made alterations and additions

the contractor disappeared for months at a time

costs skyrocketed. The construction, planned for one year, took more than three. Yet the small congregation endured it all. Unity Temple, when completed in 1909, was and still is considered one of the landmarks of modern architecture. Author David M. Sokol poured more than 20 years of research into The Noble Room and uncovers a dramatic story much of which turns out to be at odds with the accepted story of how Wright himself described the process. Anyone with an interest in architecture or in Frank Lloyd Wright or indeed anyone who s ever had an addition put on to their house or a kitchen remodeled will be caught up in the story of the tumultuous, chaotic creation of a modern masterpiece, which comes to life in The Noble Room.

Engaging with the Present: The Contribution of the American Jewish Artists Club to Modern Art in Chicago, 1928-2004: Spertus Museum, February 29-
ISBN: 0935982639

Spertus Press. 2004


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