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What is the Use of Ornament in Contemporary Art and Architecture?

1 Sep 2011

The 'problem' of decoration and ornamentation in contemporary art is a rich one that touches on craft, elitism and the 'purpose' of art. Pablo Bronstein: Sketches for Regency Living points to and comments on notions of decoration in architecture and he has written and commented extensively on the uses of ornament in post-modernist buildings.

To discuss notions of ornament and decoration in both art and architecture we are joined by Glenn Adamson craft theorist, historian and curator at the V&A, the artist Grayson Perry, the architect Sam Jacob from FAT and Charles Jencks, architectural theorist and landscape architect often described as the father of post-modern architecture.

What is the Use of Ornament in Contemporary Art and Architecture?

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