Contempo: This American Tempo

Contempo: This American Tempo (USED)
Contempo: This American Tempo (USED)
Contempo: This American Tempo (USED)
Contempo: This American Tempo (USED)

John Vassos (1898-1985) was an industrial designer and artist whose designs helped define the shape of radio, television, broadcasting equipment, and computers. He is best known for creating the iconic turnstile for the Perey company, which is still in use in some subway stations. He also designed radios and televisions for RCA.

Vassos gained acclaim as an illustrator before he was an industrial designer, and his iconic subjective illustrations were influenced by cinema and reflected cubist and constructivist, geometrical styles. They were often in black and white gouache (opaque watercolor) and well suited for reproduction in mass media.

Contempo (1929) written by his wife Ruth Vassos with images by Vassos launched his career as a modernist artist. Contempo is best understood as an exploration of American society during a moment of great transformation in which the American tempo is celebrated as "a certain sharp staccato rhythm almost like a riveting machine that exists nowhere else in the world," as Ruth Vassos wrote. The book also critiques the institutions of mass culture and commercial society.

Dust jacket in protective cover; top of dust jacket creased with small closed tears; minor shelf wear to bottom of jacket; blue cloth with silver design and lettering on covers and spine; spine edges lightly frayed and bent; binding tight; text clean. VG/G

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