Synopses & Reviews
Art Deco New York
takes readers on a historically rich and visually spectacular journey through New York in the early decades of the 20th century, when the style known as art deco, with its emphasis on machine-tooled elegance and sleekness of line, replaced the voluptuous beaux arts style that preceded it. It was an era when floating art deco palaces like the Normandie and the Queen Mary, and elegant, speedy trains like Henry Dreyfuss' redesigned Twentieth Century Limited transformed the way people perceived travel. There are dazzling photographs-many never before published-of such art deco icons as Schultze and Weaver's soaring Waldorf Astoria, Jospeh Urban's Zeigfeld Theater and Central Park Casino, and the sky-piercing spire of William Van Alen's Chrysler Building. This book takes a wise, witty, and intimate look at a style that came to New York via Paris in the 1920s and almost overnight became a quintessential symbol of modernity.
• The public's already strong interest in art deco will be enhanced by two major art deco exhibits to be mounted 2004 and 2005
• Author is a leading authority on art deco
• A perfect book for lovers of New York and architecture
From a leading authority on art deco and bestselling author, a loving tribute to the historically rich and visually spectacular art deco New York.
From the bestselling author of "Lost Chicago" and a leading authority on art deco comes a loving tribute to the historically rich and visually spectacular art deco New York. 275 photos, 125 in color.
About the Author
David Garrard Lowe is the author of numerous books, including Stanford White's New York (0-8230-4914-0) and Beaux Arts New York (0-8230-0481-3). President of the Beaux Arts Alliance, he is a regular lecturer at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, and New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. He lives in New York City.