Art: Tough Prophet

The wellspring of any architectural masterpiece lies in its design; blueprints and bricks come later. Even such a titan as the late Frank Lloyd Wright had to wait years to see his "impossible" ideas bear fruit. And the more adventurous the pioneer, the longer the wait. One of the most adventurous of all is Manhattan's Frederick Kiesler, who at 62 has originated more ideas and seen fewer of them built than almost any other architect of his time.

For Scrolls, a Fountain. Coming to the U.S. from his native Vienna in 1926, Kiesler took...

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