Havana Deco

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An unparalleled tour of the Art Deco-style architecture, interiors, decoration, and art objects of Havana, this colorful book shows the work of Cuban artists, open to the winds of change and to outside influences, who filtered the movement born in Paris through the dazzling beauty of Caribbean nature and made the art their own.
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Overview

An unparalleled tour of the Art Deco-style architecture, interiors, decoration, and art objects of Havana, this colorful book shows the work of Cuban artists, open to the winds of change and to outside influences, who filtered the movement born in Paris through the dazzling beauty of Caribbean nature and made the art their own.
Exteriors and interior spaces, the graphic artists who spearheaded Art Deco's popularity, monumental sculpture, and the contributions of painters are explored here in rich detail.

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Editorial Reviews

Winterthur Portfolio
“Some of the most outstanding examples of the period…are well documented, but the book also highlights less familiar jewels.”
The New York Times Book Review
“[A]n eye-opening display of a not entirely lost Havana, where, judging from the beautiful images, some of the jewel-like structures have been preserved, if not rehabilitated....this book will whet the appetite of every Deco connoisseur.”
The Miami Herald
“Not even in Miami Beach's famed district do you see decorative panels like these or apartment buildings with such exquisite detail and exuberant Deco flair. Read, admire and weep, especially when you come to photographs of the deteriorated buildings of Centro Habana, so beautiful underneath the grime and decay. No Cuban collection is complete without this book.”
Elle Decor
“As the sensational buildings, interiors, and furnishings in Havana Deco prove, Cuban artists and architects sexed up the Art Deco movement with Caribbean sultriness.”
Traditional Building
“Havana Deco is a fascinating document of the collision of a Modernist style with regional character.”
The Morning News
“[A] rich, amusing, and eye-catching collection of buildings and various architectural details.... this is eye-dessert of the best kind.”
The Miami Sun Post
“[T]o say it is thorough about its subject is kinda like saying Webster's is thorough about words. Every page is bursting with at least one fully colored image of a Havana landmark, each as vivid and as devoted a depiction as a lens can get.”
Steven Heller
Havana Deco…is an eye-opening display of a not entirely lost Havana, where, judging from the beautiful images, some of the jewel-like structures have been preserved, if not always rehabilitated…the most surprising sections are devoted to interiors…Until travel to Havana is more accessible, this book will whet the appetite of every Deco connoisseur.
—The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393732320
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/19/2007
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 785,670
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 12.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Alejandro G. Alonso, a critic and journalist, lives in Havana.

Pedro Contreras, an art historian, lives in Havana.

Martino Fagiuoli, a photographer, lives in Verona, Italy.

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  • Posted March 10, 2009

    Excellent rendition of Cuban architecture of what used to be the most amazing city of the caribbean.

    A must for any Deco architecture admirer.

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