The Machine Age in America: 1918-1941

Richard Guy Wilson, Author, Dianne H. Pilgrim, Author, Dickaran Tashjian, Joint Author ABRAMS $49.5 (376p) ISBN 978-0-8109-1421-6
The Brooklyn Museum of Art presents a reprint of the catalogue to its benchmark 1986 exhibit The Machine Age in America: 1918-1941 by scholars Richard Guy Wilson, Dianne H. Pilgrim and Dickran Tashjian. Following on the culture-crit assertion that ""the machine in all its many manifestations was the defining force in America during the years between the two great wars,"" the authors trace the era's aesthetic qualities in Buicks, Frank Lloyd Wright houses, Oskar J. Hansen's Ayn Randian sculpture Winged Figures of the Republic on the Hoover Dam, Berenice Abbott's photographs of steamships, Electrolux vacuum cleaners, Russell Wright's seminal flatware and furniture designs, Joseph Stella's vivid abstractions of the Brooklyn Bridge, and a host of other art works and utilitarian objects. Pop and material culture lovers will swoon over the 410 illustrations (55 in full color) and the erudite essays. ( Feb.)
Reviewed on: 09/29/1986
Release date: 10/01/1986
Genre: Nonfiction
Paperback - 376 pages - 978-0-8109-2334-8
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