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Speed is Beauty


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In a press release prepared for a special display of Art Deco period book-bindings and manuscripts out of the New York Public Library’s archives, the author observed that…

Art Deco exemplified lavish expenditure, crass commercialism, and the quickening speed of contemporary life summed up in the Futurist credo “Speed is beauty.”

Evidence can be found in the sleek design of ever faster passenger trains, rich-looking jewel-toned enamels and precious metals for even the most ordinary of everyday objects. Even the use of slim geometric forms, off-set lines one jumping ahead of the other, and seemingly incongruent shapes juxtaposed against each other reflected the increasing sense of rapid movement forward and the cacophony and excitement of a decidedly urban society.

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