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When in 1930 William Van Alen, architect of the Chrysler Building in New York, chose to 'pierce the sky, not just reach up and scrape it' with his Art Deco design, he embodied the spirit of the age in a time when everything in the arts was expected to be higher, faster and more dynamic than ever before." "Today affordable art pieces are within the grasp of many collectors and in this review of the period specialists from Christie's Twentieth Century Decorative Arts Department provide their expert knowledge in the...
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When in 1930 William Van Alen, architect of the Chrysler Building in New York, chose to 'pierce the sky, not just reach up and scrape it' with his Art Deco design, he embodied the spirit of the age in a time when everything in the arts was expected to be higher, faster and more dynamic than ever before." "Today affordable art pieces are within the grasp of many collectors and in this review of the period specialists from Christie's Twentieth Century Decorative Arts Department provide their expert knowledge in the consideration of subjects such as furniture, jewellery, silver and metalwork, and advertising art. In addition, biographies of every key participant in Art Deco design are provided; from the traditionalist Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann, to Clarice Cliff with her vibrant colour palette, Paul-Emile Brandt with his opulent accessory designs, and the avant-garde Le Corbusier." "Illustrated with images from Christie's archives, the exuberance of this truly cosmopolitan age in design history is justly celebrated. Its dynamic spirit is captured in images of striking Japanese ceramics, vibrant Swiss poster designs, exquisite French glass and the striking boldness of American architectural detailing." "This is an essential book for all collectors and enthusiasts of Art Deco.
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Characterized by modern linear decoration and stylized figures, the Art Deco movement flourished worldwide during the 1920s and 1930s, greatly influencing the worlds of art, decorative arts, and architecture. Here, art historian Gallagher cites various appearances of Art Deco style in her topical examinations of architectural detailing, furniture, glass, ceramics, silver and metalwork, jewelry, sculpture, and graphics and posters. Her well-written, informative text, accompanied by large color photographs, provides the who, when, and where of the Deco movement. This title is useful for patrons wanting to browse beautiful visual examples of the period, as well as those needing in-depth background information about a large variety of Art Deco works. A brief tip list for collectors is included at the back of the book. A quality work on this timeless and popular movement; recommended for both academic and large public libraries.--Jennifer Mayer, Univ. of Wyoming Libs., Laramie Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780823006434
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/2000
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 10.47 (w) x 10.43 (h) x 0.83 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2001

    A great book on european art deco but...

    This book is well written though it breaks little new ground. To the seasoned reader on the subject of Art Deco, one will find little they don't already know. There are better books out there. The photography is very well done - there are no black and white but perhaps there should be. The prose is well done though it has it's odd moments-the end of the First World War is referred to as when it 'finished'(?).The one point that really stands out here is the lack of material related to american art deco. Anyone looking for America's contribution should be directed elsewhere. Acording to this book, it's as if America never caught on to the movement. There are perhaps 2 photos of American art Deco in the entire book. Surely we contributed more than this. Buy only if you really need another book on art deco in your collection.

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