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American Art Deco: Modernistic Architecture and Regionalism

Carla Breeze



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WW Norton & Co
17 July 2003
Art & design styles: Art Deco; Architectural structure & design
Art deco flourished in cities and small towns throughout America during the 1920s and 1930s. Extremely popular as a statement of modernity and technological progress, art deco movie palaces, dime stores, department stores, courthouses, and schools were ubiquitous in the American landscape; numerous examples of the style continue to be viable spaces. American art deco was unique. Unlike their European counterparts, architects in the United States had exotic indigenous cultures for inspiration. Arts such as Navajo chiefs' blankets, Hopi pottery, and Sioux beadwork, characterized by geometric ornament, were easily assimilated into the art deco style. Regionalism? good example of which is the Prairie style, advocated by Frank Lloyd Wright and other progressive architects?lso influenced American art deco. America's pioneering and westward migration provided powerful themes and motifs, producing an art deco with authentic national and regional characteristics. American Deco features descriptions?nd over 500 color photographs?f 75 opulent buildings across the country that have been preserved. The photographs document interiors, exteriors, and details of deco skyscrapers, courthouses, theaters, and other significant buildings.
By:   Carla Breeze
Imprint:   WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 279mm,  Width: 257mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   1.602kg
ISBN:   9780393019704
ISBN 10:   0393019705
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   17 July 2003
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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