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Baroque Baroque The Culture of Excess

Calloway, Stephen

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ISBN 10: 0714829854 / ISBN 13: 9780714829852
Published by Phaidon Press, London, England, 1994
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Fine in a fine DJ; Calloway explores Twentieth Century Baroque through fashion, decoration, stage and screen and artists such as the Sitwells, Cecil Beaton, Angus McBean, Charles de Beistegui and others. Interesting and very informative work. ; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 240 p. Bookseller Inventory # 37344

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Title: Baroque Baroque The Culture of Excess

Publisher: Phaidon Press, London, England

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First Edition

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Now available for the first time in paperback, this extraordinary book examines the 'culture of excess' in all its twentieth-century manifestations. Fashion, film, photography, design and decoration: all feature in Stephen Calloway's meticulous coverage of the colourful, the opulent and the theatrical. The author examines early examples of Baroque excess - by the Sitwells, Cecil Beaton, Angus McBean and others - as well as the darker Baroque spirit of the wartime Neo-Romantics and film-makers such as Fellini and Jarman. Tracing the Baroque tendency all the way into the 1990s, he shows how ideas have been cross-fertilized, 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, this book provides a celebration that is truly Baroque in substance and in spirit.

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Stephen Calloway is Associate Curator of Paintings at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. He is also a writer, lecturer, designer and consultant on historical interiors, and a frequent contributor to television and radio programmes. His books include Twentieth Century Decoration, The House of Liberty, The Elements of Style, Oscar Wilde, An Exquisite Life and Aubrey Beardsley.

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