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Va: Art Deco 1910-1939 Hb [Hardcover]

Benton Tim
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31 Mar 2003
Art Deco was the style that swept across the globe during the 1920s and 1930s and created the defining look of the interwar years. Its influence was ubiquitous: it transformed the skylines of cities as diverse as New York and Shanghai; it touched the design of everything - from cinemas and Hollywood films to the packaging of cigarettes, from evening wear and accessories to luxury liners and locomotives. It was the style of hedonism, of indulgence, of mass consumption, though it originated before the First World War in the luxurious one-off masterwork or the limited edition piece. Deco was the ultimate synthesis of styles: it borrowed from European craft traditions as eagerly as it appropriated aspects of "the exotic" from the cultures of Ancient Egypt, Meso-America, the oriental East and black Africa. Its use of rare and unashamedly precious materials was a reminder of the wealth of empires, whilst its geometric imagery celebrated urban modernity and the experience of modernity worldwide. This volume brings together nearly 40 essays from leading experts in the field to discuss the phenomenon that was Art Deco. After an introductory section which looks at the definition and scope of the style, and locates it historically within the early 20th century, Part 2 explores its sources and iconography; Part 3 reviews the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs, held in Paris, which marked the high point of Deco in Europe while providing the catalyst for its wider spread and development; Part 4 traces that development both through Europe and through the various media, from architecture to fashion, that fell in thrall to its modern imperative and Part 5 traces its spread into America, India and beyond.


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  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: V&A Publishing (31 Mar 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851773878
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851773879
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 29.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 340,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'It is the best book on Art Deco to have appeared so far, and is likely to remain so' Bevis Hillier, The Literary Review 'The book is a triumph of scholarship and loving design and ... is phenomenal value' Tom Rosenthal, The Daily Mail 'A feast for the eyes' Antiques Magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Charlotte Benton is an independent architecture and design historian. Tim Benton is Professor Emeritus of Art History at the Open University. Ghislaine Wood is a Senior Curator in the V&A's Research Department. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first and last word on Deco 7 Sep 2003
By Robin Benson TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
A sumptuous coffee-table book of this exuberant art style and I think it could well become the standard book on the subject. The forty essays are divided into four sections, Sources and Iconography, 1925 Paris Exhibition, Spread of Deco and finally Deco World, and I liked the way, especially in Sources and Iconography, that the authors explain how various art styles were moulded into deco art which culminated in the very influential 1925 Paris show.

I thought the last two sections were a fascinating coverage of how Art Deco spread around the world, mainly as architecture and fashion, though in Europe also as a fine art style. In North America, it influenced a huge range of commercial products. Perhaps this was the only art form that was truly democratic in that it was available (as streamlining) to be seen or bought on any Main Street across the Nation.

The design and printing are excellent. Many of the photos, especially colour, are presented whole page, the rest are all well sized, and they all have captions. The back of the book has a very comprehensive bibliography, fortunately listed as relating to each chapter rather than just an alphabetical list, the index is divided into two, Names and Subject. I was very impressed with this attention to detail and with the excellent text, images and production surely `Art Deco 1910-1939' will be read for many years to come.

If you are interested in just the fine art aspects of the style check out Art Deco Complete: The Definitive Guide to the Decorative Arts of the 1920s and 1930s a huge 544 page book with over a thousand illustrations by Alastair Duncan. Very comprehensive on the European and expecially French contribution to Deco.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive volume on Art Deco 14 Nov 2009
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This lovely coffee table book must be the definite volume on art deco. A collection of authoritative essays on every aspect of art deco - art & graphic design, architecture & interior design, transport & cinema, to name a few - is complemented by dozens of colour plates and period photos. The V&A has created a book that is enjoyable to browse through and informative to dip into.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first and last word on Deco 7 Sep 2003
By Robin Benson TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A sumptuous coffee-table book of this exuberant art style and I think it could well become the standard book on the subject. The forty essays are divided into four sections, Sources and Iconography, 1925 Paris Exhibition, Spread of Deco and finally Deco World, and I liked the way, especially in Sources and Iconography, that the authors explain how various art styles were moulded into deco art which culminated in the very influential 1925 Paris show.

I thought the last two sections were a fascinating coverage of how Art Deco spread around the world, mainly as architecture and fashion, though in Europe also as a fine art style. In North America, it influenced a huge range of commercial products. Perhaps this was the only art form that was truly democratic in that it was available (as streamlining) to be seen or bought on any Main Street across the Nation.

The design and printing are excellent. Many of the photos, especially colour, are presented whole page, the rest are all well sized, and they all have captions. The back of the book has a very comprehensive bibliography, fortunately listed as relating to each chapter rather than just an alphabetical list, the index is divided into two, Names and Subject. I was very impressed with this attention to detail and with the excellent text, images and production surely `Art Deco 1910-1939' will be read for many years to come.

If you are interested in just the fine art aspects of the style check out Art Deco Complete: The Definitive Guide to the Decorative Arts of the 1920s and 1930s a huge 544 page book with over a thousand illustrations by Alastair Duncan. Very comprehensive on the European and expecially French contribution to Deco.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Coffee yable 7 Feb 2013
By Andy
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I've knocked off stats here as it just isn't value for money.. You will see it on sale for pence at antique fairs
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11 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting book 28 April 2003
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I think this is a very informative book and I would definitely recommend it to people interested in the subject.
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