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Birth of the Cool

Armstrong, Elizabeth

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ISBN 10: 3791338781 / ISBN 13: 9783791338781
Published by Prestel Publishing, U.S.A., 2007
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Title: Birth of the Cool

Publisher: Prestel Publishing, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

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1950s West Coast style exuded "cool" from the smooth, hypnotic strains of a Miles Davis riff; Richard Neutra's elegant, modernist residences; the hard-edged paintings of Helen Lundeberg and Karl Benjamin. This richly illustrated volume casts a fresh eye on Fifties West Coast style with illuminating commentary from a variety of perspectives. Designed to echo the period it celebrates, this catalogue explores modernist innovations in art, architecture, design, film and music. Prominent cultural critics write on an array of topics - Thomas Hine about the culture of cool; Elizabeth Smith on domestic aspects of the period's architecture; Francis Colpitt on hard-edged abstract painting; Dave Hickey on jazz; Bruce Jenkins on the crossover between animation and experimental film. The result is a multi-faceted exploration of the 1950s West Coast zeitgeist in all its colour, creativity, and cool.

About the Author:

ELIZABETH ARMSTRONG is Deputy Director for Programs and Chief Curator of the Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach, California.

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