“American Art Deco: Designing for the People, 1918-1939” Concludes Frist Art Museum’s 20th-Anniversary Year | News

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 11, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The Frist Art Museum presents American Art Deco: Designing for the People, 1918–1939, an exhibition that offers an in-depth examination of an international style that manifested stateside in decorative arts, fine arts, architecture, and design during the 1920s and 1930s. Co-organized by The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri, and Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska, American Art Deco will conclude the Frist’s 20th-anniversary year and be on view in the Ingram Gallery from October 8, 2021, through January 2, 2022.

Appropriately presented within the Frist’s own art deco interior during the museum’s 20th-anniversary year, the exhibition examines not only the glamour and optimism of the 1920s, but also the impact of the Great Depression in the 1930s. Approximately 140 works of art, including paintings by Thomas Hart Benton, Aaron Douglas, and Grant

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Best art deco furniture and wallpaper for your home

Art deco furniture and wallpaper for your home

Nothing screams glamor like the vintage art deco furniture style of the 1920s. Stunning mirrors, lush jewel-tone fabrics and glossy woods were perfectly paired with gold trims and chic metals. It’s no wonder this look has made a comeback. People in the 2020s are feeling some serious roaring twenties nostalgia and decking their homes out like the set of “The Great Gatsby.” 

Art deco, short for arts décoratifs, was inspired by art nouveau and evolved into mid-century modern style, but its distinctive qualities make it wholly unique. To get the look in all its glory, emphasize glamor and luxury in your space with some symmetrical patterns and bold gold finds. 

What is art deco furniture?

Art deco furniture reached its height in popularity in France in the 1920s. Art deco is easily confused with adjacent styles like art nouveau, mid-century modernism and

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How Shanghai Became a Capital for the Art Deco Movement

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John Bessler. From “Prints Charming: Create Absolutely Beautiful Interiors with Prints & Patterns,” by Jason Oliver Nixon and John Loecke.

You might be totally surprised to hear this, but Shanghai Art Deco is a design movement that originated in…Shanghai. We kid—the name is pretty self-explanatory. But you probably weren’t aware that China had its own Art Deco movement, one that’s extremely visible throughout the city today. While the futuristic skyscrapers in the Lujiazui financial district might be the first thing you think about when imagining Shanghai, the city has an eclectic architectural history that’s resulted in one of the most impressive enclaves of Art Deco buildings in the world.

the fairmont peace hotel shanghai, an art deco icon
The Fairmont Peace Hotel Shanghai, an Art Deco icon.


What Is Art Deco?

Before we get into the intricacies of Chinese Deco, we have to examine the roots of Art Deco as a whole. The movement grew

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Post pandemic, art deco style makes a comeback

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With a world war, a depression that gutted its economy, and a global flu pandemic that killed 675,000 Americans, the early 20th century was a dark period in America’s history.

Such is the notion that when you’re engulfed in darkness you tend to chase the light. So when our country’s slump ended, it entered a time of booming economy and prosperity known as the Roaring ’20s. This breath-of-fresh-air decade brought us flappers, jazz, and art deco style—a zany design movement recognized by its geometric shapes, shiny surfaces, and bold colors.

Today, designers and consumers alike are looking at the current climate and trying to navigate what’s on the horizon aesthetically. With our own pandemic (hopefully) on its way out, there are stirrings of a rebirth of the joyful and courageous

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