George Sugarman at MAMCO, Geneva in group show: Pattern, Decoration & Crime

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MAMCO returns through this important collective exhibition on an artistic movement from the 1970s to the 1980s entitled "Pattern & Decoration", which enjoyed international success in the 1980s, then recession in the following decades.

Most of the artists involved are responding to the abstract schools that have been predominant since the post-war period and are opposed to minimal and conceptual art. But these artists also criticize the male and Western domination that runs through modernism in general. The group gathered around "motif" and "decoration" (which includes an equivalent number of women and men), reconnects with forms considered as minor and claims the notion of decoration as the true repressed of modernity. 

Referring to the ornamentation used for wallpapers, quilts or printed fabrics, drawing inspiration from both Islamic decorative art and Byzantine and Mexican mosaics, Turkish embroidery and Japanese engraving. Indian rugs and Iranian miniatures, these artists open the field of art of their time. By creating works halfway between the painting and the object of the applied arts, they are also at the crossroads of a postmodern challenge of the disciplines. Finally, by revaluing devalued artisan practices and claiming the right to migrate these techniques from the domestic sphere to the public domain of art, they also share several points in common with the feminist art movement of the 1970s. twentieth century.

While this artistic movement can be described as recessive, it nevertheless seems to be the basis of many current practices; it is an additional dimension of this historical investigation, beyond the reevaluation of "Pattern & Decoration", to offer a field of history for the present

Essentially American, the movement "Pattern & Decoration" was defended by the galleries Holly Solomon in New York and Bruno Bischofberger in Switzerland, and brought together a group of artists first consisting of Valerie Jaudon, Tina Girouard, Joyce Kozloff, Robert Kushner, Kim MacConnel, Tony Robbin, Miriam Schapiro, Ned Smyth, Mario Yrisarry and Robert Zakanitch, quickly joined by Cynthia Carlson, Brad Davis, Richard Kalina and Jane Kaufman, then expand with Rodney Ripps contributions, Betty Woodman, George Woodman and Joe Zucker.

The exhibition of MAMCO, co-organized with the Consortium of Dijon, also includes several works of artists associated with the group Supports / Surfaces, such as Noël Dolla and Claude Viallat, whose reception is also in transformation for some years and parts Lynda Benglis, Jennifer Cecere, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Simon Hantai, Sam Gilliam, Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, Alvin D. Loving, Alan Shields and George Sugarman.