Vital Forms: American Art and Design in the Atomic Age, 1940-1960



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Brooke Kamin Rapaport and Kevin Sayton. Published by Brooklyn Museum of Art, 2011. First Edition.  Quarto. Cloth. 256pp. 237 illustrations including 107 color plates. Fine in Fine dust jacket.

“From the TWA Terminal to Cadillac tail fins to paintings by Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko, 1940 to 1960 was a groundbreaking period for the arts in America. World War II ushered in an era of unprecedented destruction and the frightening promise of atomic power, and artists and designers responded with creations that emphasized the human body and living forms – reconfiguring what was now imperiled.”