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Art Deco Complete
is the last word in Art Deco, the most glamorous decorative arts style, and the one that shaped popular ideas of modern luxury. It covers furniture and interior decoration, sculpture, paintings, graphics, posters and bookbinding, glass, ceramics, lighting, textiles, metal work, and jewelry. It includes the work of all of the important Art Deco designers, from high-style French furniture makers to the creators of the popular and#147;Streamline Moderneand#8221; style. And it is, in the spirit of Art Deco, a lavish and attractive book, as well as being authoritative and thorough.and#160;This 544-pageand#160;volume includesand#160;more thanand#160;1,000 color images of classic Art Deco objects and spaces.
Its author is the colorful and experienced Alastair Duncan, who was for many years the expert who ran the twentieth-century decorative arts department at Christieand#8217;s in New York. Duncan is the author of many well-known books on Art Deco and Art Nouveau. This book will stand as his monument to Art Deco.
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.
About the Author
Alastair Duncan's work as an officer and consultant at Christie's New York from 1977-1990 has made himand#160;a leading authority on Art Deco and Art Nouveau decorative arts.and#160;This is hisand#160;thirty-third book on the decorative arts includingand#160;Abrams's Masterworks of Louis Comfort Tiffany and American Art Deco. He lives in New York City.