Stages of Decay by Julia Solis

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This unnervingly poetic collection of photographs by Julia Solis depicts the fading glamour of an entire range of international theaters, ranging from the remnants of ornate movie palaces to shabby vaudeville houses. In her influential book New York Underground, Julia Solis explored the iconic landscape beneath Manhattan. In this new and equally inspired work, she takes on another kind of icon--crumbling theaters still standing throughout America and Europe. Using abandoned spaces as both subject and canvas, Solis details the theaters' stages and decorative elements as well as the eerie toll that age and entropy have taken on the formerly elegant surfaces. Where acclaimed performers such as the Marx Brothers, Mae West, Johnny Cash, and the Who once thrilled audiences, Solis now assumes the perspective of the spectator witnessing a different kind of performance. Haunted by the memory of former glory, these locations are sensitively and beautifully captured at a new stage of their existence, one that takes place long after the final curtain has dropped.

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Julia Solis conducts archaeological parlor games and investigates ruined urban spaces. As the founder of Dark Passage, she started the creative preservation group Ars Subterranea in 2002 with the object of staging scavenger hunts and exhibitions in unusual locations in New York. She is an officer of the Madagascar Institute and Place in History, the executive producer of the film American Ruins, a co-founder of Furnace Press, and recipient of a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her publications include New York Underground: The Anatomy of a City and Scrub Station.
Published April 17, 2012 by Mark Batty Publisher. 144 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Abandoned theaters as far afield as Michigan, Kentucky, New Jersey, and Germany give up their secrets for Solis's (New York Underground: The Anatomy of a City; Scrub Station) photographs; the once-grand details that adorned their ceilings, balconies, doorways, and marquees have now deteriorated i...

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