Art Deco

Art Deco

by Norbert Wolf
     
 

This sumptuous volume salutes everything Art Deco—from historically significant art and design through to the present day. The Art Deco style is so recognizable and widespread that its original influence on the culture in which it emerged has been all but lost in the clutter of imitation. This book draws our attention back to the birth of Art Deco—a

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This sumptuous volume salutes everything Art Deco—from historically significant art and design through to the present day. The Art Deco style is so recognizable and widespread that its original influence on the culture in which it emerged has been all but lost in the clutter of imitation. This book draws our attention back to the birth of Art Deco—a period between two devastating world wars when industrialization was flourishing, interest in archaeology was peaking, and movements such as Cubism, Constructivism, Futurism, and Modernism were turning the art world on its head. Brilliantly designed to reflect the style it celebrates, Art Deco is filled with hundreds of examples of painting, architecture, interiors, jewelry, crafts, furniture, and fashion. Author Norbert Wolf traces the chronology of the Art Deco style by looking at the politics and culture of Europe in the 1920s and early 1930s, and the artistic movements that paralleled its popularity. He follows Art Deco's influence in Europe and its immigration to the Americas and Asia. Most importantly, this wide-ranging volume looks beyond the era of Art Deco's origination to the present day. Pointing to the numerous revivals and contemporary echoes in painting and even literature, this beautiful volume demonstrates that Art Deco is alive and well today—often in forms where we least expect it.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
02/01/2014
This delightful coffee-table book is beautifully illustrated with over 200 color images representing the art deco period. German art historian Wolf (Albrecht Dürer; The Art of the Salon) has meticulously researched, defined, and cataloged the history of art deco design, deftly tracing the origins, influences, and contemporary art movements that influenced the development of this style that so represented the period between the two world wars. If any fault can be found, it is his focus on paintings of the period with much less attention to iconic art deco architecture and furnishings. Admittedly, most of us think Chrysler Building or Miami when we hear the term art deco. But, in fact, other art forms were influenced by the movement. There are some lovely illustrations by artists such as Georgia O'Keeffe and Edward Hopper, neither of whom immediately comes to mind when thinking of this movement. Other artists included are painters Dodo and Tamara de Lempicka and sculptor Rudolf Belling. VERDICT This beautiful book is well worth seeing but destined primarily for the shelves of large art history collections.—Sandra Knowles, South Carolina State Lib., Columbia

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783791347646
Publisher:
Prestel Publishing
Publication date:
09/20/2013
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
716,813
Product dimensions:
10.50(w) x 15.00(h) x 1.40(d)

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