Despite its heft, dimensions, elegant design, and lavish color photography, Art Deco Chicago is not an exhibition catalogue, but instead “the companion volume” for a 2018–19 exhibition at the Chicago History Museum. Catalogues often struggle to encompass an entire exhibition within the confines of a book, but Art Deco Chicago far surpasses its related museum show in terms of both range and ambition. While the exhibition focused only on the streamlined period of art deco from the 1930s to the early 1950s, the book explores art deco's origins in European art and design movements at the end of the nineteenth century. The 1920s, a decade of luxurious and...
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Book Review| September 01 2021
Review: Art Deco Chicago: Designing Modern America
Robert Bruegmann, ed.
Art Deco Chicago: Designing Modern America
Chicago Art Deco Society,
2018, 412 pp., 207 color and 118 b/w illus. $75 (cloth), ISBN 9780300229936
Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (2021) 80 (3): 355–356.
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Mary N. Woods; Review: Art Deco Chicago: Designing Modern America. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 1 September 2021; 80 (3): 355–356. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jsah.2021.80.3.355
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