Synopses & Reviews
Art decoandmdash;the style of the flapper, the luxury ocean liner, and the skyscraperandmdash;came to epitomize the glamour, luxury, and hedonism of the Jazz Age. It burst onto the world stage at the 1925 Exposition internationale des art decoratifs et industriels modernes in Paris and quickly swept the globe. Its influence was felt everywhere, from the skylines of New York and Shanghai to the design of fashionable eveningwear, jewelry, and plastic radios. Above all, it became the style of the pleasure palaces of the ageandmdash;hotels, nightclubs, and movie theaters. This authoritative publication brings together leading experts in the field to explore the sources, varied forms of expression, distinct visual language, and global reach of deco. With its breathtaking illustrations, this lavish volume is the defi nitive book on what is, arguably, the most popular style of the 20th century.
Art deco architecture flourished in large cities and small towns throughout America in the 1920s and 1930s. Many of the best examples office buildings, movie theaters, hotels, and churches are still in use. Deco architects, artists, and designers drew on European styles but were most committed to a style that grew organically, as they saw it, from their native soil. Two themes bound Deco buildings and their decorative schemes together: a regional pride that tied buildings to their specific locales and functions, and a growing national symbolism that asserted the buildings' identity as uniquely, independently American. features description sand over 500 color photographs of seventy-five lavish and innovatively designed buildings across the country that have been preserved both outside and in, giving the full scope of this beloved, exciting style.
Art Deco architecture flourished in large cities and small towns throughout America in the 1920s and 1930s. The style is now captured in over 500 color photos of 75 lavish and innovatively designed buildings across the country that have been preserved both outside and in, giving the full scope of this beloved, exciting style.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 282-284) and index.
A lavishly illustrated survey of American Art Deco architecture.
About the Author
Charlotte Benton is an independent architecture and design historian. Tim Benton is professor of art history at the Open University in the U.K. Ghislaine Wood was curator of the VandA touring exhibition Art Deco 1910andndash;1939 and deputy curator of Art Nouveau 1890andndash;1914.
Table of Contents
Preface --Acknowledgments --Introduction --Thenortheast --Thesouth --Themidwest and prairies --Thesouthwest --California and the Pacific northwest --Notes --Bibliography --Index.