Now available in a new format, this lavishlyillustrated volume explores Art Deco artand design from its origin to its present dayinfluences. The Art Deco style is so recognizable and widespread that itsoriginal impact on the culture in which it emerged has beenall but lost in the clutter of imitation. This book draws ourattention back to the birth of Art Deco--a period between twodevastating world wars when industrialization was flourishing, interest in archaeology was peaking, and movements such asCubism, Constructivism, Futurism, and Modernism were turningthe art world on its head. Brilliantly designed to reflect the styleit celebrates, Art Deco is filled with hundreds of examples ofpainting, architecture, interiors, jewelry, crafts, furniture, andfashion. Author Norbert Wolf traces the chronology of the ArtDeco style by looking at the politics and culture of Europe in the1920s and early 30s and the artistic movements that paralleledits popularity. He follows Art Deco's influence in Europe and itsspread to the Americas and Asia. Most importantly, this widerangingvolume looks beyond the era of Art Deco's originationto the present day. Pointing to the numerous revivals andcontemporary echoes in painting and even literature, thisbeautiful volume demonstrates the style's lasting importance.
Full of amazing photographs...and beautifully designed from start to finish, this eye-catching volume has another quality set to make it my book of the year: it's big, 38cm x 27 cm, to be precise. --Frank Whitford, Art Books of the Year, The Sunday Times Culture Magazine, 1 December 2013
The parallel words of avant-garde and the tricky terrain of where they diverge and coalesce with Art Deco is sensitively discussed and beautifully illustrated. --V&A Magazine, Spring 2014
About the Author
NORBERT WOLF's many books on art include Albrecht Durer, Art Nouveau and The Art of the Salon (all by Prestel). He lives in Munich, Germany.