Less Is a Bore: Maximalist Art & Design (Paperback)

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By Jill Medvedow (Foreword by), Jenelle Porter (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Elissa Auther (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
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Less Is a Bore: Maximalist Art & Design is a multigenerational survey of strategies of pattern and decoration in art and design. Borrowing its ethos from Robert Venturi's infamous retort to Mies van der Rohe's modernist edict "less is more," it includes works that privilege decoration and maximalism over modernism's "ornament as crime" philosophy. The catalog begins in the 1970s with artists who sought to rattle the dominance of modernism and minimalism, such as those affiliated with Pattern & Decoration. Less Is a Bore includes experiments in patterning by Sanford Biggers, Jasper Johns and Miriam Schapiro; the transgressive sculpture and furniture of Lucas Samaras and Ettore Sottsass; and the installations of Polly Apfelbaum, Nathalie du Pasquier and Virgil Marti. Also included are works by Roger Brown, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Jeffrey Gibson, Valerie Jaudon, Joyce Kozloff, Robert Kushner, Ellen Lesperance, Sol LeWitt, Howardena Pindell, Lari Pittman, Pae White and Betty Woodman, among others.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780997253849
ISBN-10: 0997253843
Publisher: Institute of Contemporary Art
Publication Date: June 18th, 2019
Pages: 224
Language: English