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by Christopher Wilk

Free eBook Modernism: Designing a New World download ISBN: 1851774777
Author: Christopher Wilk
Publisher: Victoria & Albert Museum (October 1, 2008)
Language: English
Pages: 448
Category: Art and workmanship
Subcategory: Architecture
Size MP3: 1373 mb
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The format of book is the same as the V&A's remarkable Art Deco: 1910-1939: each chapter covers a theme in depth followed by a pictorial section with additional image related text and captions.

Only 2 left in stock (more on the way). The format of book is the same as the V&A's remarkable Art Deco: 1910-1939: each chapter covers a theme in depth followed by a pictorial section with additional image related text and captions. Because both books are centered round exhibitions I sometimes found it rather annoying attempting to find a particular image because the exhibition ones have been augmented by many more for the book and each are referred to in different ways.

Modernism: Designing a New World

Modernism: Designing a New World. The first book to explore Modernism from a truly international perspective, "Modernism: Designing a New World" offers a reassessment of the concept and reveals the fundamental ways in which it has shaped our world and its visual culture. Modernism flourished between 1914 and 1939, and became a key point of reference for 20th-century architecture, art, and design.

Christopher Wilk is indeed right to express disbelief that there has been no major Modernist exhibition whatever in this country before.

Yet there was little broad progress in design other than that which was essentially the product of technology itself. To understand the modernisms that did exist and survive, thankfully, against the odds, it helps to be fully aware of the broader sweep of historical movements; the boom and slump of the post-first world war economies, and the ensuing and traumatic political extremisms to left and right, which had driven this force for change so energetically. Christopher Wilk is indeed right to express disbelief that there has been no major Modernist exhibition whatever in this country before.

The first book of its kind, Modernism: Designing a New World approaches one of the most important . Christopher Wilk reveals the fundamental ways in which Modernism has continued to shape our world and its visual culture and illustrates the extensive reach of the movement.

The first book of its kind, Modernism: Designing a New World approaches one of the most important movements of the 20th century from a truly international perspective and reveals the scope of Modernism’s impact across all the arts.

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Tim Walker: Wonderful Things. Teach your children about the animals of the forest with this fun and educational book. Christopher Wilk, ed. Pictures. Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams. Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic. Five animals - a brown bear, wolf, squirrel, otter and deer - are explored through rhyme, pictures and pull-out cards to construct into 3D figures. With two spreads dedicated to each animal, adults will be able to read the short playful rhyme on each spread to children and look at the bright illustrations to teach them about their habits and environment.

Modernism: Designing a New World is the first book to explore Modernism and design from a truly international .

Modernism: Designing a New World is the first book to explore Modernism and design from a truly international perspective, and across all the arts. It offers a reassessment of the idea of Modernism and reveals the fundamental ways in which it has shaped our own world and its visual culture. Modernism flourished during the years 1914 to 1939. As a movement it was the key point of reference for 20th century architecture, design and art. Modernists had a Utopian desire to create a better world, frequently combined with social and political beliefs that design and art could transform society.

Photography by Morley von Sternberg. This is a PDF-only article. The first page of the PDF of this article appears above.

Modernism: Designing a New World" is the first book to explore Modernism and design from a truly international perspective, and across all the arts. Modernism flourished during the years 1914 to 1939

This comprehensive, international examination of the Modernist movement across all the arts is now available in paperback.

Between 1914 and 1939, Modernism flourished through the work of creative visionaries who believed in the transformative power of art on society and its ability to shape a better world. The first book of its kind, Modernism: Designing a New World approaches one of the most important movements of the 20th century from a truly international perspective and reveals the scope of Modernism’s impact across all the arts.

Christopher Wilk reveals the fundamental ways in which Modernism has continued to shape our world and its visual culture and illustrates the extensive reach of the movement.

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Uaha
I thought Christopher Wilk, in his excellent introduction, mentions a very interesting point: 'It is difficult to see how Modernism could be understood without investigating the idea of utopia (both as a dream that existed on paper and as an experiment in actual building)'. Bearing this thought in mind it helped me understand how this 'ism' effected so much visual culture for several decades in the twentieth century.

The eleven chapters pull the various strands of Modernism together: The cataclysmic effect of the First World War, the rise of totalitarian authority, rejection of past ornamentation and an increased awareness of the machine and technology. To creative folk in central Europe it looked like a better life might be possible for all though the public's visual awareness of the style was mainly through architecture. They were the ones who initially accepted new social housing estates and high rise apartments designed for maximum light and easy maintenance, who participated in the mass gymnastics and the healthy body ideal. Chapter seven deals with the healthy body concept that was probably the oddest part of Modernism. Central Europe again seems to have provided the lead. Dance, mass gymnastics, fresh air and exercise would create a perfect working body, just like a machine. Architects like Alvar Aalto and Mies van der Rohe designed sanatoria, Richard Neutra designed the Lovell 'Health' house in Los Angeles.

The format of book is the same as the V&A's remarkable Art Deco: 1910-1939: each chapter covers a theme in depth followed by a pictorial section with additional image related text and captions. Because both books are centered round exhibitions I sometimes found it rather annoying attempting to find a particular image because the exhibition ones have been augmented by many more for the book and each are referred to in different ways. The design, paper and printing (in 175dpi) are of the quality one would expect for this type of book.

I think it's worth saying that the title concentrates on creativity in the designed world so it does not include literature or music but I think, rightly, does include movies and chapter eight has an excellent survey by Ian Christie. The four hundred illustrations and photos throughout the book give a wonderful idea of the huge creative energy created by a relatively small group of artists and designers. I think it covers the subject in more depth than Richard Weston's Modernism though his book is useful because he starts his analyses of the style before 1900 and concentrates more on fine art and architecture.

Like the previous V&A 'Art Deco' I expect 'Modernism' will be considered the standard reference book on this fascinating creative style. For a short-lived concept it influenced so much that is still with us today.

***FOR AN INSIDE LOOK click 'customer images' under the cover.
Golkree
This is actually a museum catalog for an exhibition by the Victoria and Albert Museum of London. The show also made an appearance at the Corcoran Museum in Washington, DC. The several chapters in this book cover modernism in multiple arts: art, architecture, dance, industrial design, physical fitness, film, etc. It's well illustrated and researched and will give the reader an excellent overview of the modernism movement. I discovered that I knew remarkably less than I thought I did. I've used it as a reference and stepping stone for further reading in the style/movement. I'm using it as touchstone for my interest in all aspects of the style and highly recommend to others for the same purpose. Well-illustrated probably understates it's visual effect. It's a great coffee-table book even with it's extensive written content.
Frei
I was hoping this would be more of a coffee table book or a collection of photos. While it is informative and thorough, it's not something I would recommend for someone who already has a background in art history or theory looking for a nice gathering of Modernist examples for inspiration (as I was). The photos are small and relatively sparse, and the examples are mostly well-known pieces, offering only a general skimming of the wealth of figures.