Pattern and Decoration – Ornament as Promise

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„Pattern and Decoration – Ornament as Promise“, which has begun only last week at mumok, is not only about the colourful, wild, exotic and very alluring surfaces of the exhibition´s artworks. „Pattern and Decoration“ (1975-1985) denominates an US-american art movement which was founded as an alternative draft to or liberation from the theories of the 1960ies, like abstract expressionism or minimal art – that is „high art“ in general – which were mostly hegemonically white and male. (And it is no coincidence that the exhibition´s title refers to Adolf Loos´ 1908 polemic „Ornament und Verbrechen“ who was an early un-friend of opulence and patterns.) An opening towards ornamental traditions of the East and the West took place, a search and longing for a global perspective, a desire to break free from rigid and inflexible theories. The following works were „“promiscuous“ from conviction“, as the text to the exhibition suggests, whereas „promiscuous“ had been schemed by art historian Hal Foster as a charge against this new movement.

Miriam Schapiro, one of Pattern and Decoration´s co-founders, who is also represented in the exhibition, aimed at turning a feminist agenda into a visual language, to move a marginal yet collective vocabulary towards the centre, and so create a frame of legitimation for art dealing a lot with techniques which have hitherto been regarded as female and rather weak, like, for instance, the work with textile materials. A framing that also today – in large parts and extent – has value; a promise, thus, that still keeps/ should keep/ must keep itself?

 

Julia Maurer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Venue:

 

mumok
Museum moderner Kunst
Stiftung Ludwig Wien

Museumsplatz 1
1070 Wien

 

www.mumok.at

 

 

 

 

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Header: Detail aus Ausstellungsansicht Pattern and Decoration. Ornament als Versprechen.  mumok Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien. Miriam Schapiro, Pink Light Fan(1979), Geometry in Flowers(1978) Photo: Stephan Wyckoff© mumok

1: Ausstellungsansicht Pattern and Decoration. Ornament als Versprechen.  mumok Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien. Miriam Schapiro, Pink Light Fan(1979), Geometry in Flowers(1978) Photo: Stephan Wyckoff© mumok

2: Ausstellungsansicht Pattern and Decoration. Ornament als Versprechen.  mumok Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien.Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, Iconostasis(1977/78),A Rite of Passage: The Leprechaun (a Mischievous Irish Fairy) and the Puerto Rican Prince(1974–85) Photo: Stephan Wyckoff© mumok

3: Ausstellungsansicht Pattern and Decoration. Ornament als Versprechen. mumok Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien. Ned Smyth, Portale Fish & Fabric(1979), Philadelphia Colonnade, 1979 Photo: Stephan Wyckoff© mumok

4: Joyce Kozloff Tut’s Wallpaper / Pilaster Pair II (Installationsansicht), 1979, Siebdruck auf Kreide / Keramikfliesen, Mörtel, Sperrholz 265 x 115cm. mumok Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Leihgabe der Österreichischen Ludwig Stiftung Photo: mumok© Joyce Kozloff

5: Brad DavisAll Seasons, 1980 (Installationsansicht) Acryl, Polyester auf Leinwand,

213 cm (Durchmesser). Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst Aachen, Leihgabe der Peter und Irene Ludwig Stiftung. Photo: Carl Brunn / Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst Aachen© Brad Davis