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  • 02/2018
  • 9780983903093
  • 280 pages
  • $56.95
Gregory Paul Harm
Author, Illustrator
Lee Lawrie's Prairie Deco: History in Stone at the Nebraska State Capitol, 4th Edition

Adult; Art & Photography; (Market)

This is the story of one of the nation's most prolific, yet least known giants of 20th Century American Art, architectural sculptor Lee Oskar Lawrie, (1877-1963), and his largest sculptural commission in a 70 year career that began in the Gaslight Era in Chicago, and lasted into the Space Age, and stretches from coast to coast and beyond. Although fame eluded him during his lifetime, anyone who watches NBC long enough has probably seen images of the mighty statute of Atlas at Rockefeller Center. But odds are, that, while most can recognize that icon of New York City, few people can actually name him as the artist that created him. Half a continent away from Fifth Avenue, is the largest collection of his work in one central location, on which he spent nearly fourteen years creating, and overseeing its carving. His sculpture on the Nebraska Capitol is illustrative of the State's history, paying homage to its first Native American inhabitants; and featuring a series of bas-relief panels telling the History of Law, and explaining the stories, of how Democracy was developed incrementally, from before laws existed, to early laws in ancient civilizations, how constitutions, legislatures, courts, suffrage and civil rights emerged over several millennia; from Biblical Times up until following the Civil War, Nebraska was Admitted to the Union. Moreover, he created a wealth of architectural design elements such as fireplace mantles, cornices, benches, that populate the building's interior and exterior: scores of pieces, panels, and terminating with a nineteen-foot-tall bronze, primeval farmer, the Sower, atop a thirteen-foot-tall pedestal of geometrically, patterned sheaves of grain. Its overall scheme incorporates regional, Prairie Iconography, and weds it to Lawrie's cutting edge, Art Deco sensibilities and the result is Prairie Deco. In that most modern Americans live near the coasts, this Art Deco Palace resides in what they jokingly refer to as "flyover country," with the expectation that there's nothing down there worth seeing. This book offers a second opinion, to the contrary. Some may venture to Bangkok or Prague to find hidden exotic places, with architectural treasures. But one won't find any other examples of Art Deco to rival the scale and detail that rival the Nebraska Capitol. This richly illustrated, non-fiction work of art honors Lawrie and his never-before acknowledged contribution to American Art. It's just located in the remote and exotic MidWest
Reviews
Personal email, of November 1, 2011.

On Nov 1, 2011, at 8:10 AM, Christine Roussel [email redacted] wrote:  Disclaimer: Ms. Roussel contributed 3 images of Hildredth Meiere's Music, Dance and Drama rondels at Radio city Music Hall, used in the previous, 2011 3rd Print edition.  These were replaced by higher-resolution 2015 images for the 2018 book.  Ms. Roussel also provided research assistance to me as the Archivist of Rockefeller Center as the book was being developed. 

 

"Dear Greg-Here are a few words that you are welcomed to quote either in whole or in part:

'Gregory Paul Harm's book Lee Lawrie's Prairie Deco is a long overdue work on one of the greatest works by the American architectural sculptor Lee Lawrie. Mr. Harm's thorough research and well written narrative provide new insights into the creation of the iconic details that went into design of the Nebraska State Capitol.  This American architectural masterpiece comes to life with his beautiful archival and current photos.' (emphasis added.) 

Christine Roussel

Director Roussel Studios

Archivist Rockefeller Center Archives" 

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This Review is from the 2011, Sold-Out 3rd Edition, e-Book still availalble. 

Customer Review

5.0 out of 5 stars A "MUST READ/ & GO SEE" for every American who loves Art Decco!

By Amazon Customeron February 20, 2015

Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

If you are a Nebraskan, or any one who has ever visited the state capitol building in Lincoln... you will be amazed at what you DIDN'T know about this national treasure! It makes you want to go back again and again to take it all IN with more appreciation this time.

 

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March 19, 2018

Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase

5.0 out of 5 stars

Celebrates and details the work of an American Master.

"This book is a national treasure, illustrative of our American heritage and aesthetic. It is a work of great passion by Mr. Harm, and a book of remarkable beauty and design. The author has used painstaking detail and historical photography to document Lee Lawrie's artistic storytelling in stone of American ideals, grit and history. Highly recommended and not to be missed!"-

 

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From the 2011, Sold-Out 3rd Edition, (still avaialable in eBook form)

Dr. Steve McMillen

5.0 out of 5 stars 

"Stunning As a Prairie Cathedral of Chartres!

"August 22, 2013Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase"What a beautiful book! Gregory Harm's exquisite gift to us truly captures the genius, passion and work of perhaps America's greatest architectural sculptor, the artist Lee Lawrie.The focus of this book is the breathtaking sculptures that Lawrie created that adorn one of the truly great man-made structures (and secrets) on the planet, the Nebraska State Capitol Building, which is perhaps this country's version of the Cathedral at Chartres, on the Nebraska prairie.The capitol building was perhaps Lawrie's magnum opus in a career filled with truly amazing creations including Atlas at Rockefeller Center.This book is a visual meditation and is the perfect gift for anyone who appreciates excellence and the intersection of talent and passion.Highly recommended!"

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Customer Review

5.0 out of 5 stars 

I am so pleased with this book

By Janet J. on April 15, 2018

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"I am so pleased with this book! The Nebraska State Capitol is one of my favorite buildings, and this book is a wonderful addition to the other written materials about the building. The author presents the information in a beautifully designed format that includes historic and contemporary photos, and well-researched details. The engaging narrative and order of this book weaves the building’s history, and that of its designers, nicely into the broad Art Deco context".

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Customer Review

5.0 out of 5 stars

Impressive research/clear, personal writing.

By Amazon Customeron March 13, 2018

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"This is an impressive undertaking. The depth and breadth of the research is great and the tone and writing are clear and personal and the photography of Lawrie's works reflect tthat research.. Lee Lawrie is an unappreciated influence on the whole world of art deco and this is a great way for anybody who has an interest to enjoy and understand Lawrie's contribution."

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Customer Review (from the 2011, Sold-Out 3rd Edition

5.0 out of 5 stars

 The soul of a sculpturer

ByB. J. Edwards, M.S.Edu

on September 29, 2013 Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase

"As a lifelong lover of diversified art forms, I hadn't really considered the deeper artistic side of architecture ... until I had the privilege and honor of assisting Mr. Harm in the first edition of Lee Lawrie's Prairie Deco. As he states in the opening pages, and then proves in the pictures and history of each piece, the depth and intensity of Mr. Lawrie's work in Lincoln, New York, Los Angeles and around the world have been lost to public awareness and almost to history. And what a crime that is! Lawrie's works should be as acknowledged and well known as any other pre-eminent craftsman. How many of us actually learn about the heart of any artist?

Through Mr. Harm's passion, you get to experience all that.Greg goes beyond just describing each work's technical aspects and characteristics - he eloquently captures the essence and heart and soul of Lawrie's works, guiding you toward an appreciation of this artist's inspired gifts, more as vibrant 3-dimensional, expressive works of art than just pictures. How you can see them for yourself, to understand and appreciate the complexity and soul of each design."

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D Price

5.0 out of 5 stars

Wonderful exploration of an artist and his motivaton

April 5, 2018

Format: Paperback

"A well-written and researched book on Lee Lawrie. Beautifully illustrated, Gregory Harm's work tells the complete story of a great artist and the back-story to what shaped his life and his career. Art is not created in a vacuum. Knowing the experiences, influences, associations, and the culture of the times helps to understand the motivation of an artist. Harm tells a fascinating side story of the philosopher Hartley Burr Alexander’s involvement in the design of the Nebraska Capital. A must read book!"

www.amazon.com (From 2011's 3rd, Edition, Kindle Version)

Customer Review

5.0 out of 5 stars

Beautifully Photographed and excellently written

By R. Perrone

on March 14, 2015

Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

"An excellent book, remarkable insight and photographs of one of Lawrie's magnificent achievements. Highly recommended."

www.amazon.com, (From 2011's 3rd, Edition, Kindle)

Customer Review

5.0 out of 5 stars

Yay Greg Harm!

By clairecollette on March 15, 2015

Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

"Mr. Harm has a GREAT book which, including the beautiful photography making it a must"

www.amazon.com, (from the 2011's, Sold-Out, 3rd Edition)

Customer Review5.0 out of 5 stars

Deco Fans Must Read

ByJohn & Kay Storck

on September 28, 2013 Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase

"The delivery was fast, couldn't ask for more.The book is fabulous. We noticed the details on the capital building this summer and how the style was similar to Assyrian reliefs that we saw in The Pergamon in Berlin only Deco. What a surprise to find that the artist, Lee Laurie had done so much work across our country."

Formats
Hardcover Book Details
  • 02/2018
  • 9780983903093
  • 280 pages
  • $56.95

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