Rethinking Decoration: Pleasure and Ideology in the Visual Arts

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Cambridge University Press, 2005 M05 30 - 290 páginas
This book offers theoretical and practical reinterpretations of the decorative by addressing a neglected topic: the significance of decoration. Concerned with the central problem of taste, David Brett asks how individual pleasure and social function suffuse one another, drawing examples from architecture, fashion, textiles, ceramics, and the whole domain of visual and plastic arts. Using theoretical propositions derived from a critical approach to the concept of aesthetic experience, and from study of perceptual psychology and psychoanalytic theory, Brett focuses on historical instances of decoration and ornament significant to the development of a 'visual ideology'. He considers a variety of attempts at the rejection of decorative value, and proposes a 'poetics of workmanship', which deals with the metaphorical power of material processes.

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Introduction
1
Discourse experience
13
Touching seeing
36
Thresholds transitions
76
Sociability pleasure
105
The Court of the Cuarto Dorado detail the Alhambra
141
In the Hall of the Ambassadors the Alhambra
142
Mugarnas Vault in the Alhambra after Owen Jones
143
Low relief panels Hatfield House
176
SO Detail of tapestries Hatfield House
177
SI Blackwork detail of a ladys jacket
179
The refusal
184
Quaker Meeting House Briggflatts
190
Doorway of a Shaker building New Lebanon
191
The Maori Head
195
The Villa La Roche exterior view Le Corbusier
205

Window overlooking the Court of the Myrtles the Alhambra
145
The Court of the Cuarto Dorado the Alhambra
147
The Panopticon Leicester Square London
154
A corner seat in Lord Leightons House
155
Diagram of zones
159
Emblems
163
Wollaton Hall south elevation
165
The Hall on its hill from the north
166
A lion guards a doorway Wollaton Hall
167
Two of the Worthies Wollaton Hall
168
Four grotesque heads Wollaton Hall
169
Hardwick Hall
170
Bolsover The Little Castle
171
The Pillar Parlour Bolsover Castle
172
Panelling in the Parlour Bolsover Castle
173
The Ceiling of the Star Chamber Bolsover Castle
174
Hatfield House west elevation
175
The RietveldSchroeder House
207
Chicago facades
208
The Museum of Contemporary Art Barcelona Richard Meier
213
Toward a poetics of workmanship
215
The Caraib Hut after Semper
219
Louis Sullivan detail
221
The Palace of Westminster
223
A Usonian house in Florence Alabama
224
Tartan as visual pattern and as structure
225
Lace structures
227
The shawl and its fringes
231
Cornices and courses in brickwork
233
Varieties of stone walling
235
School of Art Glasgow the Library block C R Mackintosh
237
an afterword
251
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David Brett is Emeritus Reader in the History of Design at the University of Ulster. He is the author of books on a variety of subjects including the history and theory of design, among them, The Plain Style in Protestant Theology in the History of Design and C. R. Mackintosh: The Poetics of Workmanship.

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