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Art deco 1910-1939
Benton, Charlotte.
First North American edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : Bulfinch Press/AOL Time Warner Book Group, [2003]

Physical Description:
464 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 30 cm
General Note:
Originally published as the catalog of an exhibition held at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Mar. 27-July 20, 2003.
PART I. INTRODUCTION -- The style and the age / Charlotte Benton, Tim Benton -- The Great War, mass society and 'modernity' / Arthur Marwick -- PART II. SOURCES AND ICONOGRAPHY -- Egyptomania / Christopher Frayling -- Deco sculpture and archaism / Penelope Curtis -- Ancient Mexican sources of art deco / Oriana Baddeley -- Inspiration from the East / Anna Jackson -- Collecting and constructing Africa / Ghislaine Wood -- National traditions / Juliette Hibou -- Avant-garde sources / Charlotte Benton, Tim Benton -- From Pattern to abstraction / Jonathan M. Woodham -- The exotic / Ghislaine Wood -- PART III. THE PARIS 1925 EXHIBITION -- The international exhibiton / Charlotte Benton -- Paris 1925: consuming modernity / Tag Gronberg -- The artist-decorator / Stéphane Laurent -- PART IV. THE SPREAD OF DECO -- Germany, Austria and the Netherlands / Reino Liefkes -- Art deco in Central Europe / David Crowley -- 'Lovely neoclassical byways': art deco in Scandinavia / Jennifer Hawkins Opie -- European glass / Ghislaine Wood -- Italian architecture and design / Tim Benton -- Conscience and consumption: art deco in Britian / Gillian Naylor -- British art deco ceramics / Alun Graves -- Art deco architecture / Tim Benton -- Art deco fashion / Valerie Mendes -- Art deco jewellery / Clare Phillips -- Photography and the new vision / Mark Haworth-Booth -- Art deco graphic design and typography / Jeremy Aynsley -- Art deco bindings ; Art deco and the book jacket / Rowan Watson, Annemarie Riding -- PART V. THE DECO WORLD -- Travel, transport and art deco / Paul Atterbury -- Art deco and hollywood film / Ghislaine Wood -- 'The filter of American taste': design in the USA in the 1920s / Wendy Kaplan -- American metalwork between the wars / Jeannine Falino -- New materials and technologies / Jeffrey L. Meikle -- The search for an American design aesthetic: from art deco to streamlining / Nicolas P. Maffei -- Art deco in East Asia / Anna Jackson -- Indo-deco / Amin Jaffer -- Ambiguously modern: art deco in Latin America / Rafael Cardoso -- 'A growing enthusiasm for modernity': art deco in Australia / Christopher Menz -- Art deco in South Africa / Dipti Bhagat -- Decline and revival / Charlotte Benton, Time Benton
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This lavishly illustrated book brings together nearly 40 essays from leading experts in the field to discuss the phenomenon that was Art Deco.

Author Notes

Charlotte Benton is an independent architecture and design historian. Her main research interests are in French design of c.1918-55 and the work of architects and designers who fled Nazism
Tim Benton is Professor of Art History at the Open University
Ghislaine Wood is curator of Art Deco 1910-1939 and was deputy curator of the major exhibition Art Nouveau 1890-1914 held at the V&A in 2000. She is a member of the V&A's Research Department

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Library Journal Review

In this catalog to an exhibition originating at London's Victoria and Albert Museum and traveling to Toronto, San Francisco, and Boston, Art Deco is defined as a complex and varied mix of decorative styles from the 1910s to the period before World War II. Thirty-two scholars examine the style, which responded to the popular tastes and glamour of the period and was associated with consumption, high fashion, commerce, and the new technologies. This book reflects the many facets of Art Deco by examining its various sources and iconography, such as inspirations from the Far East, Africa, and Egypt as well as such avant-garde movements as Cubism. Different media boasting Art Deco design (fashion, architecture, graphic design, Hollywood film, etc.) are also examined. Beautifully illustrated (404 color, 50 b&w), this comprehensive work demonstrates how the Art Deco style spread beyond Europe and the United States to places such as East Asia, Australia, and Latin America. The definitive volume on this subject for years to come; recommended for all libraries that collect books on art, architecture, fashion, and the decorative arts.-Sandra Rothenberg, Framingham State Coll. Lib., MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Charlotte Benton and Tim BentonArthur MarwickChristopher FraylingPenelope CurtisOriana BaddeleyAnna JacksonGhislaine WoodJuliette HibouCharlotte Benton and Tim BentonJonathan M. WoodhamGhislaine WoodCharlotte BentonTag GronbergStephane LaurentReino LiefkesDavid CrowleyJennifer Hawkins OpieGhislaine WoodTim BentonGillian NaylorAlun GravesTim BentonValerie MendesClare PhillipsMark Haworth-BoothJeremy AynsleyRowan Watson and Annemarie RidingRowan Watson and Annemarie RidingPaul AtterburyGhislaine WoodWendy KaplanJeannine FalinoJeffrey L. MeikleNicolas P. MaffeiAnna JacksonAmin JafferRafael CardosoChristopher MenzDipti BhagatCharlotte Benton and Tim Benton
Sponsor's Forewordp. 6
List of Contributorsp. 7
Acknowledgementsp. 9
Part 1 Introductionp. 10
1 The Style and the Agep. 12
2 The Great War, Mass Society and 'Modernity'p. 28
Part 2 Sources and Iconographyp. 38
3 Egyptomaniap. 40
4 Deco Sculpture and Archaismp. 50
5 Ancient Mexican Sources of Art Decop. 56
6 Inspiration from the Eastp. 66
7 Collecting and Constructing Africap. 78
8 National Traditionsp. 90
9 Avant-Garde Sourcesp. 100
10 From Pattern to Abstractionp. 112
11 The Exoticp. 124
Part 3 The Paris 1925 Exhibitionp. 138
12 The International Exhibitionp. 140
13 Paris 1925: Consuming Modernityp. 156
14 The Artist-Decoratorp. 164
Part 4 The Spread of Decop. 172
15 Germany, Austria and the Netherlandsp. 174
16 Art Deco in Central Europep. 190
17 'Lovely Neoclassical Byways': Art Deco in Scandinaviap. 202
18 European Glassp. 214
19 Italian Architecture and Designp. 218
20 Conscience and Consumption: Art Deco in Britainp. 230
21 British Art Deco Ceramicsp. 240
22 Art Deco Architecturep. 244
23 Art Deco Fashionp. 260
24 Art Deco Jewelleryp. 272
25 Photography and the New Visionp. 284
26 Art Deco Graphic Design and Typographyp. 296
27 Art Deco Bindingsp. 304
28 Art Deco and the Book Jacketp. 308
Part 5 The Deco Worldp. 312
29 Travel, Transport and Art Decop. 314
30 Art Deco and Hollywood Filmp. 324
31 'The Filter of American Taste': Design in the USA in the 1920sp. 334
32 American Metalwork between the Warsp. 344
33 New Materials and Technologiesp. 348
34 The Search for an American Design Aesthetic: From Art Deco to Streamliningp. 360
35 Art Deco in East Asiap. 370
36 Indo-Decop. 382
37 Ambiguously Modern: Art Deco in Latin Americap. 396
38 'A Growing Enthusiasm for Modernity': Art Deco in Australiap. 406
39 Art Deco in South Africap. 418
40 Decline and Revivalp. 426
Notesp. 430
Bibliographyp. 443
Object Listp. 450
Name Indexp. 454
Subject Indexp. 459