Edward McKnight Kauffer
Art Deco by the Sea9 February – 20 September 2020 Sainsbury Centre, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.
Catalogue: Art Deco by the SeaSainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, £30
Eclectic, yet streamlined by design. It is perhaps unsurprising that Art Deco is associated with the seaside, with architecture and design of the period promising glamour, functionality and escapism. A juxtaposition of decorative styles, Art Deco has had a significant impact on the design of British resorts, evident at the height of their popularity in the 1920s and 1930s, and today. Originally known as ‘Style Moderne’, which described geometric design works at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes in Paris in 1925, the movement was later recognised as Art Deco in the 1960s, a time of shifting fortunes for Britain’s seaside towns.
Curated by Ghislaine Wood, ‘Art Deco by the Sea’ is an exploration of how the style defined the design and the cultural experience of the British seaside. …
The Odeons, Dreamland Cinema, Margate, designed by architects J. B. Iles, Julian Leathart and W. F. Granger, 1933-35. Photograph by George Arthur, from the Bruce Peter Collection.
Top. A tourism poster for New Brighton and Wallasey, Septimus E. Scott, 1923-47, courtesy National Railway Museum, Science Society Picture Library.
Justin Burns, Head of Art & Design, Leeds School of Arts at Leeds Beckett University, Yorkshire
Read the full version in Eye no. 101 vol. 26, 2021
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