Department of Art and Art History News

New book from Monica Penick featured in Metropolis magazine

Fri. April 14, 2017

image of a book cover of back porch with patio furniture and the word Tastemak
Image: Yale University Press

Tastemaker, a new book by Design lecturer Monica Penick, examines House Beautiful Editor Elizabeth Gordon's profound influence on mid-century American taste. 

Tastemaker was featured in a Metropolis magazine guide to "25 Architecture and Design Books to Read This Spring" from contributors Merilyn Chang and Hinali Shah. Chang and Shah write, "The late Elizabeth Gordon, House Beautiful’s one time editor in chief, wrote extensively on the subject of design, its slow deterioration, and its revitalization. Tastemaker is an important look into the shaping of mid century design, and Gordon’s profound influence on modern American architecture. This profusely illustrated portrait features nearly 200 photos of projects shot by, among others, Ezra Stoller and Julius Shulman."