DESIGNING MODERNITY: THE ARTS OF REFORM AND PERSUASION, 1885-1945 -- SELECTIONS FROM THE WOLFSONIAN. Ed. by Wendy Kaplan. Wolfsonian-Florida International University, Miami Beach, 1995. Published in association with Thames and Hudson Inc., New York. 352 pp. with 418 ills. (298 col.). 29 x 26 cm. LC 95-60480 ISBN 0500237069 In English.
An illuminating study of the political, cultural and aesthetic issues reflected in developments in design and the decorative arts from the late 19th to the mid-20th century, this catalogue presents nearly 400 objects drawn from the Wolfsonian's wide-ranging collection of furniture, posters, metalwork, illustrated books, glassware, ceramics and other works, including pieces by Morris, Gill, Berlage, Mucha, Saarinen, Behrens, Depero, Wright, Breuer, Noguchi and a host of other predominantly European artists. Ten substantial essays examine the role of design in the promotion of both progressive and conservative political and social agendas during the period, discussing such topics as the impact of the British Empire's decline on the stylistic and thematic concerns of English designers, the use of design as a tool of political persuasion in Fascist Italy, and the nationalistic goals embodied in the images of industrial workers created by German, Italian and American graphic designers of the 1930s.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — 1900-1945 — Commercial/Industrial Design, Decorative Arts
Worldwide Number: 025348