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But Paxton's triumph could not be capped by another horizontal building, so they
decided to go up: to build a tower that would be the tallest manmade object on
earth, topping out—before the installation of its present-day radio and TV masts ...
Yet the cultural conditions of seeing were starting to change, and the Eiffel Tower
stood for that too. The most spectacular thing about it in the 1890s was not the
view of the Tower from the ground. It was seeing the ground from the Tower.
He wanted a pictorial speech that was entirely of this century, based on rapid
interconnection, changing viewpoints, and an adoration of “good” technology,
and the Tower was the supreme practical example of this in the daily life of Paris.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - dbsovereign - LibraryThing
Wonderful pictures - some even full page! Nice overview of the last hundred years or so of art (through the 1980s) -- wow, and to think I've lived through about thirty years of this...(!). Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jcbrunner - LibraryThing
Coming late to the party, this tie-in to an early 1980s TV documentary series, I both like reading his poignant and wide-ranging introduction to 20th century art (that remains very wedded to the 19th ... Read full review