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Baroque baroque : the culture of excess / Stephen Calloway.

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Author/Creator:
Calloway, Stephen.
Language:
English.
Publication date:
1994
Imprint:
London : Phaidon, 1994.
Format:
  • Book
  • 239 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm.
Note:
Includes index.
Contents:
  • 1900-1920s - fantasy and excess-- the 1930s: Neo-Baroque and fantasy-- the 1940s - wartime Romanticism - pleasing decay and the Baroque image-- the 1950s, 60s and 70s - postwar whimsy and anti-modernism-- the 1980s - Baroque Baroque Revival.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Publisher's Summary:
This book examines the culture of excess in all its 20th-century manifestations. Fashion, film, photography, design and decoration: all feature in Stephen Calloway's sweep through the colourful, the opulent and the theatrical. The author examines the early forays into the visual possibilities of Baroque excess - by the Sitwells, Cecil Beaton, Angus McBean and others - as well as the emotionally darker investigation of the Baroque spirit by the wartime Neo-Romantics or film-makers such as Fellini and Jarman. Tracing the Baroque tendency into the 1990s, he demonstrates how ideas have cross-fertilized down the century, providing links between such unlikely bedfellows as Leon Bakst and Luis Bunuel, Coco Chanel and Nigel Coates, Liberace and Lacroix. Illustrated with a wealth of photographs taken from all areas of the arts and the media, this book provides a celebration that is truly Baroque in its richness and variety.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
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ISBN:
0714829854
9780714829852

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