With pleasure : pattern and decoration in American art, 1972-1985 / edited by Anna Katz ; essays by Elissa Auther, Anna Katz, Alex Kitnick, Rebecca Skafsgaard Lowery, Kayleigh Perkov, Sarah-Neel Smith, and Hamza Walker.

Other Title:
Pattern and decoration in American art, 1972-1985
Los Angeles, California : The Museum of Contemporary Art ; New Haven, Connecticut : Yale University Press, [2019]
328 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), photographs, portraits ; 29 cm
Decoration and ornament -- Exhibitions.
Decoration and ornament in art -- Exhibitions.
Decorative arts -- Exhibitions.
Art, American -- 20th century -- Exhibitions.
Art, American -- 20th century -- Criticism and interpretation.
Art, American -- 20th century -- Themes, motives.
Art movements -- United States -- 20th century -- Exhibitions.
Decorative arts.
Decoration and ornament in art.
Decoration and ornament.
Art movements.
Art, American -- Themes, motives.
Art, American.
United States.
Illustrated works.
Exhibition catalogs.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Exhibition catalogs.
Illustrated works.
Place of Publication:
United States California Los Angeles.
United States Connecticut New Haven.
The Pattern and Decoration movement emerged in the 1970s as an embrace of long-dismissed art forms associated with the decorative. Pioneering artists such as Miriam Schapiro (1923-2015), Joyce Kozloff (b. 1942), Robert Kushner (b. 1949), and others appropriated patterns, frequently from non-Western decorative arts, to produce intricate, often dizzying or gaudy designs in media ranging from painting, sculpture, and collage to ceramics, installation art, and performance. This dazzling book showcases an astonishing array of works by more than 40 artists from across the United States, examining the movement's defiant adoption of art forms traditionally viewed as feminine, craft-based, or otherwise inferior to fine art. In addition to offering an overview of the Pattern and Decoration movement as it is commonly recognized, this volume considers artists of the period who are not typically associated with the movement. Rethinking the significance of patterns and the decorative in postwar American art, this panoramic view provides new insights into abstraction, feminism, and installation art. Essays explore the movement's feminist methods and values, including Miriam Schapiro's "femmage" practice; its impact on contemporary abstract painting; and its relationship to postmodern architecture and design. Artist biographies, an exhibition history, and reprints of historically significant writings further establish With Pleasure as the most expansive publication on the subject.
Director's Foreword
Curator's Acknowledgements
Lessons in Promiscuity: Patterning and the New Decorativeness in Art of the 1970s and 1980s / Anna Katz
Miriam Schapiro and the Politics of the Decorative / Elissa Auther
Infinite Progress: Criss-Cross and the Gender of Pattern Painting / Rebecca Skafsgaard Lowery
A Meeting of Two Minds: Oleg Grabar and Amy Goldin on the Met's Islamic Art Galleries, 1975 / Sarah-Neel Smith
Rebecca Morris and the Revenge of P&D / Hamza Walker
Pattern Consciousness: Counterculture-Influenced Interior Design / Kayleigh Perkov
Cosmopolitanism and Antagonism: On Public Art, Postmodern Architecture, and P&D / Alex Kitnick
Historical Reprints
Patterns, Grids, and Painting (1975) / Amy Goldin
Negating the Negative (An Answer to Ad Reinhardt's "On Negation") (1976) / Joyce Kozloff
On Affirmation / Joyce Kozloff
Issues in Pattern Painting (1977) / John Perreault
An Intuitive Analysis of Decoration and Pattern Painting (1977) / Susan Michod
Artists Biographies
Exhibition History / Frances Lazare
Bibliography / Frances Lazare.
Catalog of the exhibition held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, October 27, 2019-May 11, 2020 and at the Hessel Museum of Art at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, June 20-December 11, 2020.
Includes bibliographic references and index.
Katz, Anna, 1981- author, editor, curator.
Lowery, Rebecca, author, curator.
Auther, Elissa, author.
Kitnick, Alex, 1981- author.
Perkov, Kayleigh, author.
Smith, Sarah Neel, author.
Walker, Hamza, author.
Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, Calif.), issuing body, publisher, organizer, host institution.
Yale University Press, publisher.
Hessel Museum of Art, host institution.
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