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Vital Forms: American Art and Design in the Atomic Age, 19401960

 
 
Author
Brooke Kamin Rapaport & Kevin L. Stayton.
Publisher Brooklyn Museum  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 11 x 8.5 x 0.75 inches
ISBN 9780872731455
Pages/Publication Date 256/2003
Daedalus Item Code 52308
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From the Studebaker to the Slinky, from Eero Saarinen's TWA terminal at JFK airport to the paintings of Willem de Kooning, artists and designers responded to the anxieties of the postwar atomic age with organic forms and biomorphic shapes based on nature. This catalogue from the Brooklyn Museum, illustrated with 130 black and white and 107 color photos and reproductions, focuses on the development and ascendancy of organic design during the boom years of the late 1940s and 50s.

"The atom bomb delivered unprecedented devastation to Japan, a queasy victory to America, and the ongoing threat of nuclear annihilation to the entire planet. [The authors] reveal how the resulting paradoxical mix of relief, fear, and guilt induced American artists and designers to reject the rigidity of machines and turn instead to softly curving, organic, or vital forms evoking nature, the human body, and the life force itself in their search for new forms of expression in a radically altered world. Deftly illuminating the work of such painters and sculptors as Pollock and David Smith, designers Charles and Ray Eames, and architects Wright and Saarinen, the authors present a vital inquiry into the artistic forms of a contradictory, acutely relevant time."Booklist

 
 
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