Icons: Magnets of Meaning

Icons: Magnets of Meaning

by Aaron Betsky
     
 

What do objects mean to us? What values and lifestyles do they represent? From blue jeans and surfboards to cosmetics and kitchen gadgets, twelve everyday objects are recast as icons. This striking volume coincides with a groundbreaking exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Over 120 full-color photos. 272 pp. See more details below

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What do objects mean to us? What values and lifestyles do they represent? From blue jeans and surfboards to cosmetics and kitchen gadgets, twelve everyday objects are recast as icons. This striking volume coincides with a groundbreaking exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Over 120 full-color photos. 272 pp.

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Accompanies Betsky's first exhibition as curator of architecture and design at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, April to August 1997. Positing that icons are objects of everyday use that contain a universe of associations in their simple but dense abstraction, he presents modernist artifacts of the designed environment, mostly commercial products. Full-page, high quality color photographs comprise about half of the book. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811818575
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
01/01/1997
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.34(h) x 1.15(d)

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