The Language of Ornament

James Trilling, Author Thames & Hudson $14.95 (224p) ISBN 978-0-500-20343-9
Although the ornamental has, in mainstream art-history circles, become ""acceptable again"" after long-running modernist attacks, its ""rehabilitation is far from complete,"" laments James Trilling (Ornament), former curator at the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C. The Language of Ornament, a visual and historical study with 246 illustrations (68 in color), begins in the Paleolithic era (an English hand-ax) and ends with Matisse and a back-to-the-future look at one of the oldest forms of ornament: tattoos. Trilling's unabashed apologia for the beleaguered art form will speed its recovery. ( June 25)
Reviewed on: 06/25/2001
Release date: 06/01/2001
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