Art Deco Architecture

The Old Modern - Then and Now

20 notes &

"Pomp and Circumstance" by Eugene Savageat Honolulu Museum of Art
One of the main attractions from the exhibition “Art Deco Hawai‘i” open through Jan. 11 at the Honolulu Museum of Art.

Exhibition OverviewThe Honolulu Museum of Art presents Art Deco Hawai‘i, the first major museum exhibition to focus on the seductive Hawaiian take on the international Art Deco style, which flourished in the islands from the 1920s to the 1940s.At once contemporary, classicizing, eclectic, and adaptable, Art Deco manifested itself in Honolulu and its environs as a schematized visual language based on the natural beauty and fabled past of the islands. As such, it served as a motivating source for modernism in the fine arts and a sustaining mode for constructing “paradise” for the tourism and advertising industries.Art Deco Hawai‘i brings together a rich and representative array of paintings, sculpture, and works on paper to show how artists active in Hawai‘i during the interwar period—long considered to be isolated, conservative practitioners of watered-down avant-garde formulae—adapted the conventions of abstraction to the Deco aesthetic and developed a regional form of modernism centered on the islands’ singular sense of place.

"Pomp and Circumstance" by Eugene Savage
at Honolulu Museum of Art

One of the main attractions from the exhibition “Art Deco Hawai‘i” open through Jan. 11 at the Honolulu Museum of Art.

Exhibition Overview

The Honolulu Museum of Art presents Art Deco Hawai‘i, the first major museum exhibition to focus on the seductive Hawaiian take on the international Art Deco style, which flourished in the islands from the 1920s to the 1940s.

At once contemporary, classicizing, eclectic, and adaptable, Art Deco manifested itself in Honolulu and its environs as a schematized visual language based on the natural beauty and fabled past of the islands. As such, it served as a motivating source for modernism in the fine arts and a sustaining mode for constructing “paradise” for the tourism and advertising industries.

Art Deco Hawai‘i brings together a rich and representative array of paintings, sculpture, and works on paper to show how artists active in Hawai‘i during the interwar period—long considered to be isolated, conservative practitioners of watered-down avant-garde formulae—adapted the conventions of abstraction to the Deco aesthetic and developed a regional form of modernism centered on the islands’ singular sense of place.

Filed under art deco art history hawaii honolulu honolulu museum of art eugene savage

16 notes &

For a taste of Art Deco, head to New Zealand’s Napier

From Canada’s Globe and Mail, a write-up of Napier, New Zealand, which has one of the largest concentration of Art Deco architecture in the world.

In total, about 160 buildings (140 of which remain) were erected in the Art Deco style, led by Frank Lloyd Wright-influenced architect Louis Hay, and when construction was complete, Napier held a carnival celebrating the birth of what they called the most modern town in the world.

Filed under art deco architeture napier new zealand historic preservation 1930s architecture

42 notes &

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mumbai, India via India.com
Background on “Deco Saracenic,” an Art Deco fusion style unique to India.
From the article:

he Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (BVB) in Girgaum, which stands just off the graceful sweep of Chowpatty, is perhaps one of the best examples of this style. At first glance, its sleekly geometric brick façade looks rather traditional. But draw your eye further up and you will see voluptuous Saracenic domes made of cement, crowning the structure. This happy mixture of styles and material is also characteristic of Deco Saracenic buildings.

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mumbai, India
via India.com

Background on “Deco Saracenic,” an Art Deco fusion style unique to India.

From the article:

he Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (BVB) in Girgaum, which stands just off the graceful sweep of Chowpatty, is perhaps one of the best examples of this style. At first glance, its sleekly geometric brick façade looks rather traditional. But draw your eye further up and you will see voluptuous Saracenic domes made of cement, crowning the structure. This happy mixture of styles and material is also characteristic of Deco Saracenic buildings.

Filed under art deco architecture deco saracenic 1930s architecture india indian architecture mumbai bombay

32 notes &

Victoria Coach Station, London, Englandvia London Evening Standard
Big U.K. preservation headline from last week:
Art Deco classic Victoria Coach Station made into a listed building
From the article:

Victoria Coach Station, used by millions of Britons and foreign travellers as an international transport hub, has been made a listed building.Culture minister Ed Vaizey announced the move to protect the coach building, which dates back to 1931, as a London landmark.“Victoria Coach Station, with its soaring Art Deco frontage, harks back to another — more stylish, perhaps — era in public transport,” he said.

Victoria Coach Station, London, England
via London Evening Standard

Big U.K. preservation headline from last week:

Art Deco classic Victoria Coach Station made into a listed building

From the article:

Victoria Coach Station, used by millions of Britons and foreign travellers as an international transport hub, has been made a listed building.

Culture minister Ed Vaizey announced the move to protect the coach building, which dates back to 1931, as a London landmark.

“Victoria Coach Station, with its soaring Art Deco frontage, harks back to another — more stylish, perhaps — era in public transport,” he said.

Filed under art deco architecture 1930s architecture victoria coach station london england london architeture historic preservation

32 notes &

170 Valencia St., San Francisco, Californiafrom SFGate.com
Exotic Deco in San Francisco.
From SFGate:

Built by the Independent Order of Foresters, a Baha’i temple since the 1970s, the ebullience endured even while its surroundings languished. Now, with the Valencia scene edging closer and a new dog park across the way, the fraternal society’s former home may again be center stage.

Among several detail shots:

170 Valencia St., San Francisco, California
from SFGate.com

Exotic Deco in San Francisco.

From SFGate:

Built by the Independent Order of Foresters, a Baha’i temple since the 1970s, the ebullience endured even while its surroundings languished. Now, with the Valencia scene edging closer and a new dog park across the way, the fraternal society’s former home may again be center stage.

Among several detail shots:

Filed under art deco architecture san francisco historic preservation