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Fallingwater en Perspectiva

Friday, January 16, 2009 - Sunday, April 26, 2009

Fallingwater en Perspectiva: Félix de la Concha Paints Frank Lloyd Wright’s House on the Waterfall, will be on display for the public from January 16 to April 26, 2009 at Price Tower Arts Center in Bartlesville. This exhibition will consist of 50 paintings, a model of Fallingwater and a 10 minute short film, made possible in part by Arvest Bank, Coury Collection, Bank of Oklahoma, McAnaw Realtors, the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Fallingwater is recognized as one of Frank Lloyd Wrights most acclaimed works, and was designed in 1935 for the Edgar J. Kaufmann family of Pittsburgh. The only great Wright house open to the public with its setting, original furnishings, and artwork intact is Fallingwater.

Fallingwater helped define 20th-century Modernism as one of the world’s most celebrated buildings. Fallingwater is a daunting subject for most painters, but this is not the case with artist Félix de la Concha’s interpretations of Wright’s masterpiece.

De la Concha was born in León, Spain, in 1962. As a child, he painted landscapes as he accompanied his father on fishing trips and has now grown into a world famous artist. The public will have an opportunity to meet de la Concha at Price Tower Arts Center's annual gala fundraiser on January 31, 2008.

Through insight gained from more than a year on site, de la Concha’s carefully crafted paintings show Fallingwater gradually shifting through morning, noon and night. He shows how his experience and ideas came together through painted images, to give us not just Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, but an impression that is decidedly his own.

“Modern architecture, Fallingwater especially, has always been the darling of photographers, and this exhibition turns that on its ear. De la Concha approaches Fallingwater much as a still-life painting of a vase of flowers – we know it was not painted in seconds, but it captures a moment in time,” explains Scott W. Perkins, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at PTAC. "Our visitors will be amazed at the breadth of work produced by de la Concha in such a short period of time, and I hope it entices them to make a pilgrimage to see the building in person.”

The exhibition, recently on display at Fallingwater and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, is for the first time on display in the midwest. It is here where two of Frank Lloyd Wright's National Historic Landmarks -Price Tower and Fallingwater- come together naturally.

Although Price Tower is far away from Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright’s spirit in the design travels through de la Concha’s paintings and welcomes us into the Kaufmann’s home.

This exhibition is organized by Fallingwater and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.  

Join us for a three day packaged trip to Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob, April 24-26, 2009. Click here for more information

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