In memory of...
Pedro Guerrero has photographed some of the most illustrious American architects and artists of the twentieth century. Guerrero chanced upon his first professional job in 1939 photographing Taliesin West and Taliesin, Wisconsin. For the next twenty years, he became the chief visual interpreter of Frank Lloyd Wright and his works. He also forged friendships with Alexander Calder—capturing the beautiful chaos of his American and French homes and studios—and, later, with the audacious Louise Nevelson—documenting the mosaic of her magnificently severe sculptures and spaces. The celebrated cast of characters in his life also includes Marcel Breuer, Philip Johnson, Edward Durell Stone, Irving Penn, Andy Warhol, Richard Avedon, Alexey Brodovitch, Carmel Snow, and Julia Child.
Jean Lipman, founding editor of Art in American, says this: “Guerrero has a very warm and living relationship with the artists he photographs. He is magnificent. He’s with the artists, he understands them, and he’s right at the heart of what their work is about.”
A new exhibition, “Pedro E. Guerrero: Photographs of Modern Life,” on view at the Woodbury University Hollywood Gallery in Los Angeles from April 5-25, is the first extensive presentation on the West Coast of Guerrero’s life and work. A number of his portraits of Wright, including a series of 12 images of the architect’s hands demonstrating the difference between organic and conventional architecture, are included in this display. This exhibit has been organized by the Julius Shulman Institute at Woodbury University. Read more about this exhibit at:
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Editor's Note: Pedro E. Guerrero passed away at the age of 95 on Thursday, September 13, 2012 at his home in Florence, Arizona. The exhibit at the Monroe Arts Center was his last one. This video interview of Pedro, conducted by Monroe Arts Center Director Richard Daniels, took place at the opening reception of his exhibit on Friday, July 6, 2012 in Monroe, Wisconsin. His photographs were on display in the Monroe Arts Center Frehner Gallery July 6 through August 31, 2012.