Sunday, July 20, 2008

Sunday Book Worship Volume I


Baroque Baroque: The Culture of Excess by Stephen Calloway

Baroque Baroque is the one book I would rescue from a burning building, put in a time capsule, or use to create a new religious order (The Church of High Design?)

From the book’s flourished cover and gilt drenched pages (which are acquiring a lovely patina) what is there not to adore? Baroque Baroque takes us on an unforgettable journey through the decades from the 1900’s to the 1990’s. It gives us a glimpse of the talented & inspiring people that have transcended the ordinary and created things that are truly sublime.


Stephen Calloway is simply the High Priest of design connoisseurship. We have always followed a design path less taken. As outsiders, he let us fit in. As purveyors of darkness, he has lightened our souls. As cynics, he gives us something for which to believe in.

He has shown us that design is a celebration, a coming together of many elements & disciplines. Some dark, some light. Some frivolous, some profound. Above all design is a cult of beauty that touches the soul...


Baroque Baroque: The Culture of Excess by Stephen Calloway
©Phaidon Press 1994 ISBN 0 7148 2985 4


Why should you think that beauty, which is the most precious thing in the world, lies like a stone on the beach for the careless passer-by to pick up idly? Beauty is something wonderful and strange that the artist fashions out of the chaos of the world in the torment of his soul. And when he has made it, it is not given to all to know it. To recognize it you must repeat the adventure of the artist. It is a melody that he sings to you. And to hear it again in your own heart you want knowledge and sensitiveness and imagination.

(Somerset Maugham / “The Moon and Sixpence”)

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