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The Routledge Companion to Art Deco

1st Edition

Edited by Bridget Elliott, Michael Windover


464 pages

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pub: 2019-05-13
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Scholarly interest in Art Deco has grown rapidly over the past fifty years, spanning different academic disciplines. This volume provides a guide to the current state of the field of Art Deco research by highlighting past accomplishments and promising new directions. Chapters are presented in five sections based on key concepts: migration, public culture, fashion, politics, and Art Deco’s afterlife in heritage restoration and new media. The book provides a range of perspectives on and approaches to these issues, as well as to the concept of Art Deco itself. It highlights the slipperiness of Art Deco yet points to its potential to shed new light on the complexities of modernity.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations

List of contributors



Part One Migration and the Making of North American Art Deco

1 The Legacy of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in the Formation of North American Deco: Academic and Social Tenets and their interpretations

Isabelle Gournay

2 The Cormier Residence in Relief

Aliki Economides

3 European Immigrant Designers and North American Art Deco

Laura McGuire

4 Art Deco at Chicago’s 1933-34 Century of Progress International Exposition

Lisa D. Schrenk

Part Two Art Deco and Public Culture

5 Revisiting Art Deco in the UK

Anne Massey

6 Art Deco and Sound Cinema

Charles O’Brien

7 Art Deco and the Fashioning of Radio Spaces

Michael Windover

8 Art Deco Medicine

Annmarie Adams

Part Three Fusing Art and Fashion

9 Haute Couture and the Art Deco Exhibition of 1925: A Turning Point

Mary Lynn Stewart

10 Fashion and a DIY culture of textiles during the Art Deco Period

Alla Myzelev

11 On the Scent of Art Deco: Designing Perfumes

Tag Gronberg

Part Four The Politics of Art Deco

12 Art Deco and Empire: The Residential Architecture of Ballardie, Thompson and


Swati Chattopadhyay

13 Art Deco, modernity and the politics of ornament in South African architecture, 1930-


Federico Freschi

14 Powerful Dragons and Radiant Suns: Art Deco and Japanese Militarism

Kendall Brown

15 Art Deco and the Other

Edward Denison

Part Five History, Conservation, and Reincarnation

16 Conserving "Modest" Moderne Housing: 1930s Apartment Buildings in Canada

Susan M. Ross

17 The Evolution and Role of Art Deco Societies and World Congresses in the Preservation and Popularization of Art Deco

Sandra Cohen-Rose

18 Art Deco and Cinema – Yesterday and Today

Lucy Fischer

19 From Poirot to Bioshock: Art Deco in the age of mediatization

Bridget Elliott



About the Editors

Bridget Elliott is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Visual Arts at Western University in London, Ontario. She has published widely in the area of twentieth century art with books and articles on women artists and on contemporary filmmakers who reference art history. She recently edited Breaking and Entering: The Contemporary House Cut, Spliced and Haunted (2015) and is currently completing her own monograph, The Diffusion of Art Deco: Mainstreaming Modernism.

Michael Windover is Associate Professor in the School for Studies in Art and Culture at Carleton University where he teaches the History and Theory of Architecture Program. He is cross-appointed to the Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture at Carleton and is adjunct curator of design at the Canada Science and Technology Museum. He is author of Art Deco: A Mode of Mobility (2012) and co-author with Anne MacLennan of Seeing, Selling, and Situating Radio in Canada, 1922-1956 (2017).

About the Series

Routledge Art History and Visual Studies Companions

Routledge Art History and Visual Studies Companions offer thorough, high-quality surveys and assessments of the major topics in the fields of art history and visual studies. All entries in each companion are specially commissioned and written by leading scholars in the field. Clear, accessible, and cutting-edge, these companions are the ideal resource for advanced undergraduates, postgraduate students, and researchers alike.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / History / General
ARCHITECTURE / History / Modern (late 19th Century to 1945)
ART / General
ART / History / General
ART / Popular Culture
DESIGN / General
DESIGN / History & Criticism
DESIGN / Interior Decorating