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Art November, 14 2008

Eugene Masselink: Drawings for Frank Lloyd Wright

Eugene Masselink (1910–1962) joined Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesan Fellowship in 1933 as a graphic designer and assistant to Wright. Known as Gene to his colleagues and Wright clients, he quickly became one of Wright’s most trusted protégés and one of the significant talents in the Wright office, producing decorative designs for interiors of many Wright commissions.

Masselink was born in Capetown, South Africa, and moved with his family to Grand Rapids where he grew up. He remained with Taliesan after Wright’s death in 1959 and died suddenly from a heart attack three years later in 1962. In recent years, the designs that he created for the Wright office have gained increased recognition. In 2006 the art museum acquired an important screen that Masselink designed for the Elizabeth Gordon House in 1956.

Eugene Masselink: Drawings for Frank Lloyd Wright opens tomorrow at Grand Rapids Art Museum. The Museum is the worlds first LEED certified museum. The eight drawings exhibited are on loan from Taliesan West, and this is the first time they have been displayed outside of Arizona.

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