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Art Deco Complete: The Definitive Guide to the Decorative Arts of the 1920s and 1930s
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The book is in two sections, Media and Masters with sections on: Furniture and Interiors; Sculpture; Paintings, Graphics, Posters, Bookbinding; Glass; Ceramics; Lighting; Silver, Metal, Lacquer, Enamel; Jewelry. The second part is an A-Z of Designers, Artists and Manufacturers. The last pages have reasonable bibliography, index and a couple of pages I found useful: a glossary of French technical terms.
Each of the sections in the first part (304 pages) is divided into the leading artists with large photos of their work. In fact the images (over a thousand with most in color) throughout the pages are something, I feel, that lifts the title above many other books on the subject. The four Chiparus figures on 108-109 just jump of the page, similarly the quite stunning bookbinding on 144-145 or the Puiforat clocks on 296 -297 will really hold your attention. The second part design index (212 pages) also has large photos to go with the names. The index does broaden out to include some commercial creative folk like Breuer, Kem, Loewy, Rohde or Russel Wright.Read more ›
Effectively, the book consists of two parts: first part is set up in chapters according to the media (ie. furniture, or sculpture, etc) with a relatively short introductory text per chapter, followed by more detailed information focusing on the best known, and most spectacular, artists working in that area. Second section is a more encyclopedic section with listing, and short description and some illustrations, of other people of significance in the area of Art Deco. This book is not the MOST complete list of all artists and their work as relevant to Art Deco field, but that is where books focusing specifically on Art Deco Furniture, Art Deco jewelry, Art Deco Jewelry, Art Deco bookbinding, and so on come in to play (Alastair Duncan has authored enough of the specialized books, so the omissions in the Art Deco Complete are not due to his ignorance or bias. This edition is already so heavy - you do need a table to read the book as it is too heavy to hold it any other way for a long time - that adding additional info will have to result in reducing the quality of illustrations, which, to me, are the strongest point of the book.
I have a number of other Art Deco books, by Alastair Duncan and other authors, and this one is the best of them all, both in the informative and inspirational aspects.
P.S. I had a chance to hold both Hudson and Abrams edition, and apart from the cover they are completely identical.
There are a number of worthwhile publications coveing this subject; "Art Deco 1910-1939" is one of the better efforts. With its expertly written commentary and fantastic images, this encyclopedic volume puts its competitors in the shade. A must buy for all art deco fans.
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This is the biggest book I have ever bought. But just everything is in it about Art Deco. Just as the title states. I will probably never get it all read. Wonderful pictures.Published 19 months ago by A Customer
The pages themselves are alright but one of the corners of the cover was pushed up. Overall it was far from beyond repare but if I'm spending $87 on a book I expect it to be in... Read morePublished on January 24, 2014 by Ellen Cervantes
If you're interested in the subject then this book is an essential item for your library. Contains information and designs of many great designs of the architecture and style. Read morePublished on January 8, 2014 by zooly
This book offers an cross section look at Art Deco, offering a study of more than the usual suspects of the movement. Read morePublished on March 31, 2013 by Timothy Shamey
This was a xmas present for my son. It is an absolutely beautifully photographed book with great deco buildings, furniture, etc. in it from all over.Published on January 22, 2013 by Adrienne R. Schwarz
Very nice book, I am not a pro on Art Deco, but reading page after page is really inspiring for my work.Published on December 10, 2012 by rafdesign
This book is truly stunning, beautiful and comprehensive and managed to track down new pieces of Art Deco objet d′art I've never seen reproduced in any other book on Art Deco... Read morePublished on October 15, 2012 by Shellie