Frank Lloyd Wright prescribed some two dozen Japanese ukiyo-e prints for his "domestic symphony," the Darwin D. Martin House. At the time (c. 1905), Wright was becoming a connoisseur and dealer in these easily-collectible tokens of Japonisme. More significantly, he saw in them the sort of organic expression and underlying geometry that resonated with his own approach to design. An array of Wright-curated ukiyo-e prints once graced the piers of the Martin House, and we are very fortunate to have the majority of this collection reassembled today. Recently, two more Martin family prints have been added to the collection by generous descendants: Darwin Martin (Jerry) Foster and Mark Armesto.
Now, on to the second floor, where the total lack of photographic evidence will make the process of print placement there somewhat like a game of Sudoku with my eyes closed.
Martin House Director of Operations Margie Stehlik with Hanne and Jerry Foster at the Martin House.