This article could have been very informative, and a lot shorter, had the author not taken upon herself the task of burying and trivializing FLLW's work and philosophy. The total tone of disdain for Wright and lack of objectivity completely loses any credibility the author may have had. It was a chore to read through it, but I did, in order to accurately discuss it. Yes, I am an architect, and the author obviously is not. This is a weak review and attack of what is probably a great show, but I won't know, because the least the author talks about is the show. It's sad, really.
Sadly to say but the article is correct in every points about FLW. Today he would have been jailed for being abusive, violent and a crook. To forget how he treated his pseudo-students, literally stealing money from them; how he took from someone else most of the innovations he claimed to have invented, and to forget how non-practical most of his buildings were, just because the guy was great at PR is insane. (Just go to the Guggenheim in NYC and see how easy it is to hang work of arts). He was not the greatest American architect and will never be. some of his clients realized that after bad experiences. why do you think that Mr. Kauffman (Falling water) went with Richard Neutra for his next house?
The writer's criticism of the exhibition is correct. If it is a public one, then some explanations for the non architects/non-technically minded public should be offered. Otherwise you are going to bore non knowledgeable people and you are turning them away from learning more about FLW. And why no emphasis in the exhibition on the few things he did right? That would have compensated for the negative spirit he left behind,.
We have to stop putting FLW on a pedestal and just recognize him for who he was and what he did, not for what he pretended being.