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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Andrea Monfried Editions LLC (May 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0991026306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0991026302
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 9.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #560,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Authors Catherine Coleman Brawer and Kathleen Murphy Skolnik have produced the definitive book on Meière and the depth of their archival research is evident. They provide a wealth of scholarly documentation of her career, creative processes, and working methods with corresponding notes, index, and an appendix with a chronological list of commissions. The book is lavishly illustrated with documentary photographs and luscious new photography of Meière’s work provided by Meière’s granddaughter Hildreth Meière Dunn. In addition, Richard Guy Wilson, the renowned architectural historian from University of Virginia has contributed the foreword.

The title is essential for decorative arts or art and architectural libraries and appropriate for any comprehensive art reference collection or general library. (Lee Viverette, Director of Library, Special Collections and Publications, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Arlis/ Na Reviews, June 2014)

About the Author

Catherine Coleman Brawer is an art historian and curator. She curated the exhibition Walls Speak:The Narrative Art of Hildreth Meière (in New York and Washington, D.C.), which attracted 40,000 visitors, and wrote the accompanying catalog.Kathleen Murphy Skolnik is an art and architectural historian, is a faculty member in the Department of History, Art History, and Philosophy at Roosevelt University. She collaborated with Robert Bruegmann on The Architecture of Harry Weese. She is the editor of the Chicago Art Deco Society Magazine and has written extensively on Art Deco-related topics and spoken at the World Congress on Art Deco.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Desertwriter on May 8, 2014
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In a field dominated by men with a certain perspective towards decorative arts and design for architecture...iconic structures, skyscrapers and corporate edifices...I was so delighted to learn about this remarkable artist who brought a different vision to
architecture...Hildreth Meière. Brilliant!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Fuchs on May 6, 2014
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If there were Oscars for art books, “The Art Deco Murals of Hildreth Meiere” would walk away with this year’s, or any other. The pictures and the prose work perfectly together, revealing each other page after beautiful page. They give you all you need to understand the challenges she faced in this complex field and the solutions she found. You will come away with in awe of this extraordinary woman and the breathtaking legacy she left us.
David Fuchs
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Broman on May 22, 2014
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This is a wonderful gathering together of Hildreth Meiere's work, an incredible artist and a woman who could do it all. The talents and beautiful work of many decorative artists- muralists, mosaicists, go unnoticed in the greater scheme of architecture and architectural ornamentation. It's a delight to learn about the artists who contributed their talents in creating the whole, and for them to finally get recognition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RWB on May 28, 2014
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I wouldn't normally pick up an 'art book,' but this one was open to a photo of those round iconic art deco sculptures on the exterior of Radio City Music Hall in NYC. I'm not sure it ever really crossed my mind that those depictions of -- it turns out, Drama, Song, and Dance -- were produced separately by an actual person. I just thought they were part of the 'architecture,' amazing as it was. The story of their creation by this amazing woman, Hildreth Meiere, whom I had never heard of, was riveting -- the commercial dealings, the special materials, the facts they are 18 feet in diameter and 60 feet off the ground, the hugeness such that "no machinery being available," it was necessary to "beat them into shape by hand in the manner of a silversmith."

And then I learn the same artist did the flaming red mosaics of the reception area at One Wall Street, which many a financial type in New York sooner or later stumbles through and never forgets. Again, both the commercial dealings with the owners, architects, unions, etc and the execution with the materials and paints are fascinating. Also, there is an beguiling mystery -- a gigantic silver-leaf ceiling mural entitled The Pursuit of Wealth -- there is a 1931 photo -- which was covered over in a 1965 "ductwork renovation" and whose "current state remains unknown." Gives you something to think about as you go through the lobby down there.

My favorite piece in the book is a 1939 New York World's Fair sculpture called Dragon of Ignorance. It looks like a sophisticated art deco gargoyle with a dangerous sense of humor. If I owned a gargoyle, this would be it (I don't even know how big it is), but just having the picture in the book is awesome.

Great book. Great pictures. Great writing about this (to me) unknown artist and her works.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CSB on May 25, 2014
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Never heard of Hildreth Meiere? I certainly had not. But so many of the iconic murals which define the Art Deco glamour of New York City were all designed by the same woman. That includes the murals of Radio City Music Hall, the RKO Center Theatre, St. Bartholomew's Church, One Wall Street, as well as many others , both in New York City as well as the rest of the country. Ms. Meiere had a long and productive career. Catherine Coleman Brawer and Kathleen Murphy Skolnik have written the definitive book on this great artist . Meiere's granddaughter , Hildreth Meiere Dunn , has provided the glorious photographs. A beautiful and engrossing book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn vos Savant on May 8, 2014
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An elegant work of scholarship and beauty. I recommend it as a gift for the intelligent, sophisticated woman in your life.
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What a beautiful, excellent book - great design, illustrations, chapter headings, text! This is a superb job giving the life and career of Hildreth Meiere a thoughtful, accessible and enjoyable analysis - for both the specialist and the generalist reader.
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