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Kaplan, Wendy (editor) et al, Designing Modernity: The Arts of Reform and Persuasion, 1885-1945, Miami/London, The Wolfsonian/Thames & Hudson, 1995, first edition, 4to (11.5" x 10.25"), HB, illus gray cloth boards w/ silver gilt embossed titles, black endpapers, silver illus dj w/ silver titles, VG+ / VG+. Spine corners slightly bumped, title p. scuffed. DJ slightly edgeworn.

352 pp. 417 illustrations, 300 in color. This volume was prepared to accompany the inaugural exhibition at The Wolfsonian, Miami Beach, Florida and was subsequently traveled by this "Miami institution dedicated to examining the social, political and aesthetic significance of objects produced between 1885 and 1945." In a series of essays, leading cultural and art historians - in the context of large segments from the Wolfsonian's permanent collection - thoroughly explore the complex and dynamic relationships between design and the turbulent history of the 20th century.

From the dust jacket: "The book looks at the different ways that political, industrial and cultural leaders have employed design in their programmes of reform and their efforts to shape public opinion. It shows how design has been a vital tool in acclimatizing people to life in the modern world and helping to formulate a sense of national identity, especially in European countries, through local crafts and vernacular buildings.

From the pages of Designing Modernity emerge some of the most significant trends of our age: the use of design in reconciling people to a loss of individuality resulting from mass production; the use of industrial and advertising design to support the idea that progress is good, that the future holds limitless promise, and that the machine offers comforts only dreamed of previously; the promotion of political goals by both democratic and authoritarian governments through design - in posters, books, board games, furniture, ceramics and countless other forms.

Here is a book filled with ideas and illustrations of unique importance to everyone interested in understanding the recent course of Western civilization and the contribution of design to the tremendous changes that have shaped our lives."

Contributing authors: Wendy Kaplan, Laurie A. Stein, Ellinoor Bergveit, Paul Greenhalgh, Jeffrey L. Meikle, Irene de Guttry & Maria Paola Maino, Marianne Lamonaca, Dennis P. Doordan, Bernard F. Reilly, Jr. and John Heskett."

The volume is divided into three sections: Confronting Modernity, Celebrating Modernity and Manipulating Modernity; within each section particular chapters examine these forces at work in England, Italy, Holland and Germany, and throughout Europe in general. The essays are richly illustrated in color and b/w photos of Wolfsonian holdings in architectural, industrial and interior design objects - examples of furniture, ceramics, glass, metalwork, textiles, and the graphic arts. A checklist of the exhibition, index and an extensive bibliography at the back.

A terrific copy of this informative, beautifully produced and lively reference, second best until you make a visit to Miami ....don't miss The Wolfsonian!    [Book ID # 966]


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