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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