Synopses & Reviews
This lavishly illustrated book brings together nearly 40 essays from leading experts in the field to discuss the phenomenon that was Art Deco.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 443-449) and indexes.
About the Author
Charlotte Benton is a design and architecture historian. Her works include A Different World? Emigre Architects in Britain 1926-58.
Tim Benton is Professor of Art History at the Open University and has curated a number of exhibitions and his work has been most recently included in Le Corbusier in Paris.
Ghislaine Wood is co-curator of the Art Deco 1910-1939 exhibition. She was also co-curator of the wildly successful V&A Art Nouveau exhibition that toured internationally, and a contributor to the catalogue.
Table of Contents
PART I. INTRODUCTION --The style and the age /Charlotte Benton,Tim Benton --The Great War, mass society and 'modernity' /Arthur Marwick --PART II. SOURCES AND ICONOGRAPHY --Egyptomania /Christopher Frayling --Deco sculpture and archaism /Penelope Curtis --Ancient Mexican sources of art deco /Oriana Baddeley --Inspiration from the East /Anna Jackson --Collecting and constructing Africa /Ghislaine Wood --National traditions /Juliette Hibou --Avant-garde sources /Charlotte Benton,Tim Benton --From Pattern to abstraction /Jonathan M. Woodham --The exotic /Ghislaine Wood --PART III. THE PARIS 1925 EXHIBITION --The international exhibiton /Charlotte Benton --Paris 1925: consuming modernity /Tag Gronberg --The artist-decorator /Stâephane Laurent --PART IV. THE SPREAD OF DECO --Germany, Austria and the Netherlands /Reino Liefkes --Art deco in Central Europe /David Crowley --'Lovely neoclassical byways': art deco in Scandinavia /Jennifer Hawkins Opie --European glass /Ghislaine Wood --Italian architecture and design /Tim Benton --Conscience and consumption: art deco in Britian /Gillian Naylor --British art deco ceramics /Alun Graves --Art deco architecture /Tim Benton --Art deco fashion /Valerie Mendes --Art deco jewellery /Clare Phillips --Photography and the new vision /Mark Haworth-Booth --Art deco graphic design and typography /Jeremy Aynsley --Art deco bindings ;Art deco and the book jacket /Rowan Watson,Annemarie Riding --PART V. THE DECO WORLD --Travel, transport and art deco /Paul Atterbury --Art deco and hollywood film /Ghislaine Wood --'The filter of American taste': design in the USA in the 1920s /Wendy Kaplan --American metalwork between the wars /Jeannine Falino --New materials and technologies /Jeffrey L. Meikle --The search for an American design aesthetic: from art deco to streamlining /Nicolas P. Maffei --Art deco in East Asia /Anna Jackson --Indo-deco /Amin Jaffer --Ambiguously modern: art deco in Latin America /Rafael Cardoso --'A growing enthusiasm for modernity': art deco in Australia /Christopher Menz --Art deco in South Africa /Dipti Bhagat --Decline and revival /Charlotte Benton,Time Benton