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Art Deco
(movement, 1925-1939)


During the years when Art Deco as a style was in fashion the term Art Deco was not known. Modernistic or Style Moderne was used. The term was coined in the 60’s by Bevis Hillier, a British art critic and historian. The name Art Deco was derived from the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs Industriels et Modernes, held in Paris…



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...The Paris exposition serves as a useful bookmark but it wasn’t the beginning. By 1925 numerous buildings incorporated elements that would find their way into the Art Deco style. Consider Eliel Saarinen’s train station at Helsinki (1904-1914). With its four giant figures, each holding a globe of light, it is the very essence of Art Deco. The Art Deco skyscraper made its debut in lower Manhattan in 1923. The Barclay-Vesey building was the first in a series of new facilities for the Bell System. It made sense that the telephone, a triumph of modern technology, should make its home in a thoroughly modern building…
...Now before we look at art-deco buildings, we should note that this style is not synonymous with the setback office building. Very often, buildings like the Barclay-Vesey and the Fred French are called art-deco buildings, though technically they are not. They use different types of ornament. Art deco is a style of ornament imported from France after the 1925 exposition that provided an ornamental overlay on office buildings that were built under the 1916 zoning law. So it is important to note that the style is not synonymous with the zoning law but with a type of ornament that was used after 1925 on buildings in New York…




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