SOURCE: Charles Campbell Gallery SF

April 25, 2006 13:35 ET

Rare Frank Lloyd Wright Archive to Show in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 25, 2006 -- Selections from one of the largest collections of Frank Lloyd Wright material acquired by an individual in the United States will exhibit at the Charles Campbell Gallery from May 20 through June 24, 2006. Highlights of the Frank Lloyd Wright exhibition are visible online at: http://www.campbellgallerysf.com/index.htm

The show marks only the second time significant portions of this collection, acquired over the course of a lifetime by Walter Bill Schmidt, a 75-year-old former art teacher in Fremont, California, will be made available to the public. Schmidt sold a portion of his archive to the Getty Museum in 1985.

Among the more than 30 works on display are:

-- Two Frank Lloyd Wright windows, one from the Darwin D. Martin House Complex in Buffalo, New York (1904) and one from the Walser House in Chicago (1903)

-- Two black ink floral drawings by Frank Lloyd Wright (dated 1897)

-- A set of 13 building specification booklets, including New York's Guggenheim Museum

-- Taliesin Loggia Section Drawing, with comments in Wright's hand

-- Photos taken by FLW

-- A FLW designed 16" x 16" concrete block used in the exterior and interior of the Ennis House in Los Angeles (1923)

-- A pair of bathroom lamps from the Arizona Biltmore (1929)

The show also includes section plan drawings of various buildings (by Wright and his apprentices), china plates from Japan's Imperial Hotel and Arizona Biltmore, and family photos taken by America's most acclaimed architect. Schmidt discovered the photos when he purchased Catherine Tobin Wright's (the architect's first wife) scrapbook in a Chicago used book store during the '50s. Schmidt wrote on the scrapbook for the Frank Lloyd Wright newsletter.

On the CC Gallery:

Charles Campbell Gallery has been in its San Francisco location, 647 Chestnut Street, since it was founded in 1972 by Charles Campbell, an icon in the North Beach arts scene. In 2004, Steven Lopez became a partner and has contributed to the gallery's revitalization.

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