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Benson, Timothy O. - Expressionist Utopias: Paradise, Metropolis, Architectural Fantasy

Los Angeles, California, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1993. First Edition. Hardcover. Size: 4to 11" - 13" tall. A superior copy inside and out, being a sterling condition hardcover copy, with unbruised tips, tight binding, and clean internals, showing only very slight shelf- and edge-wear; not ex-library, with neither underlining nor highlighting anywhere. Handsomely bound in two-tone, gritty tan paper over boards, black cloth-backed, and with sharp and distinct gilt lettering to spine. just a touch of discoloration to bottom edges. Bright and shiny dust jacket, paper-backed, illustrated, showing only very minor wear, protected by a plastic coat, dust jacket not being price-clipped. Gift-quality condition inside and out. 323 pp., [5], 6-231, with plentiful black-and-white illustrations, and including 57 in full, glorious color. Published to augment the 2003-2004 exhibition that "explores how the optimistic and forward-looking themes of utopia and fantasy sustained faith among artists and architects in the power of art to shape a better world during the tumultuous era surrounding World War I in Germany. When the construction of buildings there became nearly impossible, paper became the medium of the unbridled imagination. at the center of the activity were the 'utopian architects' of the Working Council for Art and the Crystal Chain, whose architectural inventions ranged from ideal agrarian communities to futuristic worlds dependent on miraculous advances in technology for their creation or discovery. . Presents the diverse manifestations of the utopia metaphor in its progression throughout Expressionism from arcadian to man-made utopias using selections from the realms of paradise, metropolis, architectural fantasy, anti-utopia, and film and stage." Contributions by Timothy O. Benson, but also by Reinhold Heller, David Frisby, Ian Boyd Whyte, and Anton Kaes.Member, I.O.B.A., C.B.A., and adherent to the highest ethical standards. . . . As New/Fine,
USD 28.00 [Appr.: EURO 26 | £UK 21.75 | JPą 4456] Book number 347362

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