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Opening Pattern, Decoration and Crime, MAMCO, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, 10/2018


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Please to announce my participation in Pattern, Decoration & Crime,

MAMCO, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Geneva, Zwitzerland.

10/08/2018-02/03/2019 traveling to Le Consortium, Dijon, France 02/2019-09/2019.

This Fall, MAMCO examines the “Pattern & Decoration” movement, formed in the 1970s and that enjoyed international success in the 1980s, before fading in the decades thereafter.

Most of the artists involved were reacting against the dominance of abstract schools in the post-War era, with a particular opposition to Minimal and Conceptual art. They also critiqued the pervasive dominance of Western art and male artists in the context of modernism as a whole. Including an equal number of men and women, the group organized around “pattern and decoration” reconnected with what was widely perceived as “minor” art forms and asserted decoration as the true repressed of modernity.

Referencing ornamental motifs on wallpaper, patchwork quilts, or printed fabrics, the movement opened up Western art of the time to eclectic sources of inspiration: from Islamic decorative art, Byzantine and Mexican mosaics, to Turkish embroidery and Japanese prints, Indian rugs and Iranian miniatures. By creating works that blurred the boundaries between traditional paintings and decorative art objects, the movement’s artists—men and women alike—defined their position at the intersection between artistic disciplines, spearheading a critique of the traditional demarcation between the “fine” and “applied” arts. Finally, by reviving interest in long-undervalued crafts and asserting the right to bring these techniques out of the domestic sphere and into the public world of art, they held much in common with the Feminist art movement of the 1970s.

“Pattern & Decoration” is justly viewed as an overlooked movement, but it served nonetheless as a springboard for a number of contemporary practices: taking an essentially historical approach, the exhibition aims to re-evaluate the movement and reassess its contribution in light of contemporary art today.

Essentially American, the “Pattern & Decoration” movement was supported by gallerists Holly Solomon in New York and Bruno Bischofberger in Switzerland, and was first formed by Valerie Jaudon, Tina Girouard, Joyce Kozloff, Robert Kushner, Kim MacConnel, Tony Robbin, Miriam Schapiro, Ned Smyth, and Robert Zakanitch, quickly joined by Cynthia Carlson, Brad Davis, Richard Kalina, and Jane Kaufman, and enlarging later to Rodney Ripps, Betty Woodman, George Woodman, Mario Yrisarry, and Joe Zucker.

MAMCO’s exhibition, co-organized with the Consortium in Dijon, also includes several pieces by artists associated with the Supports/Surfaces group, Noël Dolla, Simon Hantaï, and Claude Viallat, whose work has been widely revisited and reconsidered in recent years, together with works by Lynda Benglis, Jennifer Cecere, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Sam Gilliam, Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, Alvin D. Loving, Alan Shields, and George Sugarman.

Exhibition organized by Lionel Bovier, Franck Gautherot, and Seungduk Kim, in collaboration with Le Consortium, Dijon

The exhibition benefits from an United Way Worldwide Grant on behalf of the generosity of Soros Fund Charitable Foundation A book will be published  by www.lepressesdureel.com

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Faux Bed, 1981, acrylic, lace, wood, styrofoam, 132 x 268 x 122 cm


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Cat Throne, 1980, detail, wood, acrylic and fabric.

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Cat Throne, 1980, back view, wood, acrylic and fabric.

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Chandelier, 1980, Acrylic, lace, wood, 29" H. x 18" diameter.

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Tiles, 1980 for Carl Andre, acrylic, tin.

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Jennifer Cecere’s artwork aims to integrate a feeling of domestic handiwork into the built environment. Doilies were invented by industrious women to hide and protect worn and frayed furnishings (maybe feelings too).

Jennifer Cecere, Double Doily

November 18, 2016 to November 17, 2017

PS1 Greenstreet (Jackson Avenue and 46th Avenue) Queens. https://www.nycgovparks.org/art/art572

https://ny.curbed.com/maps/best-public-art-installations-new-york-city/jennifer-cecere-double-doily


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Sofa Chicago 2015 Navy Pier #321
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Setting up Sofa Chicago 2015 Navy Pier #321
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Sofa Chicago 2015 opening tonight November 5-8, Navy Pier Booth #321
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Sofa Chicago Navy Pier Nov 5-8, 2015 Booth321 Blue Night 46" diameter, acrylic on canvas
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Going to GCRTA University Circle Follow instagram Oliiejen
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Cat Throne, 1980, detail, wood, fabric, acrylic

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