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Art deco
Arwas, Victor.
Publication Information:
London : Academy Editions ; New York : St. Martin's Press, 1976.
Physical Description:
88 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 20 cm
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Booklist Review

Originally published in 1980 [BKL Ja 1 81], Victor Arwas' expert survey of the masterpieces of the art deco aesthetic has been the key volume on the subject. Out of print for some years, Art Deco has been revised and republished to satisfy the unflagging demand for authoritative texts on and, perhaps more important, reproductions of art deco furniture, jewelry, sculpture, painting, graphic arts, bookbinding, glass, and ceramics. The sumptuous illustrations are the primary feature of the revision, which has 140 more colorplates than the first edition. Out of a total of 436 illustrations in the 1992 edition, 339 are in color; more than 90 of these are entirely new and many others are colorplates of previously black-and-white illustrations. Addi~tional new material is also found in the "Biographies of the Artists" section, which has been expanded to include 20 more artists and craftspeople. An invaluable treasury of the sensual yet precise, opulently detailed yet clean and lean decorative arts of the 1920s. Recommended wholeheart~edly for collections without the first edition, but also for those that can splurge and have both. ~--Donna Seaman

Publisher's Weekly Review

Back in print in an expanded edition after a decade's absence, this dazzling survey of Art Deco is arguably the most lavish and comprehensive monograph on the sleek style that was consecrated at the scandal-ridden 1925 Paris Exhibition, to which Arwas devotes the opening chapter. Rene Lalique, Paul Iribe, Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann, Erte and Louis Icart helped define what was ``essentially a French movement'' in the opinion of Arwas, a London gallery owner. He traces Art Deco's flowering in furniture, metal, silver, jewelry, enamel, lacquer, figurines, bronzes, sculpture, painting, posters, graphics, book illustrations, bookbinding, glass and ceramics. The extraordinary objects shown in 437 plates (340 in color) are among the finest Art Deco creations ever made. Arwas knowledgeably delineates the impact of the style on artists ranging from the U.S. to Czechoslovakia, among them Georg Jensen, Robert Delaunay, Kees Van Dongen, Jacques Lipchitz, Eric Gill and Jacob Epstein. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

This revised edition of the 1992 original delves deeper into the art deco movement and is profusely illustrated with 437 photos and plates. Arwas viewed many private collections when performing his research, and the text and illustrations cover everything from furniture to jewelry to vases to sculpture and paintings. One of the best books on the subject. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.