Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (1986). 320pp. including index. 10.25 x 12.5 inches. Hardcover. ISBN-10: 0-8109-1853-6.
Art Deco Graphics is the first full-scale survey of the subject ever published. It offers a rich array of posters, advertisements, magazine covers, book illusrations, photographs, fashion drawings, sheet-music covers, menus boxes, fans, labels, invitations — every imaginable area of the graphic arts is discussed and illustrated with superb examples of this ever-popular style of the 1920s and 30s.
Patricia Frantz Kery, an authority in the Art Deco / Art Nouveau field and owner of a New York gallery specializing in late 19th and early 20th century graphics and paintings here gathers together nearly 500 choice graphic works from collections and archives in Europe, America, and Japan. Many are rare and previously unavailable examples. Artists and designers such as Jean Carlu, A.M. Cassandre, Erté, E. McKnight-Kauffer, Paolo Garetto, Herbert Bayer, and Herbert Matter are represented.
The roots of Art Deco are clearly discussed as Kery explains the influence of the fine arts movements and painters and sculptors of the time, showing how the Cubists, Constructivists, Futurists, pre - World War I fashion illustrators such as Iribe and Lepape, and other early 20th century artists contributed to the development of the Art Deco style.
By the time the great Exposition des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes opened in Paris in 1925 to proclaim the beginning of the new aesthetic, the Art Deco style had already transformed the graphic arts. Evolving from the elegant arabesques of Art Nouveau, it moved beyond the geometric formality of the Bauhaus school to become a complex, multifaceted style that still strongly influences the graphic arts today.
Art Deco Graphics, designed in the spirit of the style, is an invaluable sourcebook and inspiration for collectors, designers, illustrators, art directors, photographers, scholars, and everyone interested in Art Deco. Full-color and duotone printing captures the essence of the original works. Indiviual biographies, an excellent bibliography, and an index add to the reference value of this handsome volume.
Kery is also the author of Great Magazine Covers of the World.
Cover illustration: George Lepape, Le Miroir Rouge, illustration.
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