Ornament and Crime

Selected Essays
Author: Adolf Loos
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781572410466
Category: Art
Page: 204
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Contains thirty-six original essays by the celebrated Viennese architect, Adolf Loos (1870-1933). Most deal with questions of design in a wide range of areas, from architecture and furniture, to clothes and jewellery, pottery, plumbing, and printing; others are polemics on craft education and training, and on design in general. Loos, the great cultural reformer and moralist in the history of European architecture and design was always a 'revolutionary against the revolutionaries'. With his assault on Viennese arts and crafts and his conflict with bourgeois morality, he managed to offend the whole country. His 1908 essay 'Ornament and Crime', mocked by an age in love with its accessories, has come to be recognised as a seminal work in combating the aesthetic imperialism of the turn of the century. Today Loos is recognised as one of the great masters of modern architecture.

Ornament is Crime

Modernist Architecture
Author: Albert Hill,Matt Gibberd
Publisher: Phaidon Press
ISBN: 9780714874166
Category: Architecture
Page: 224
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An unprecedented homage to modernist architecture from the 1920s up to the present day Ornament Is Crime is a celebration and a thought-provoking reappraisal of modernist architecture. The book proposes that modernism need no longer be confined by traditional definitions, and can be seen in both the iconic works of the modernist canon by Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, and Walter Gropius, as well as in the work of some of the best contemporary architects of the twenty-first century. This book is a visual manifesto and a celebration of the most important architectural movement in modern history.

On Loos, Ornament and Crime

Columns of Smoke:
Author: Juan Jos Lahuerta
Publisher: Editorial Tenov
ISBN: 9788493923150
Category: Architecture
Page: 112
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In his Columns of Smoke series, Juan José Lahuerta takes on the enormously ambitious task of re-reading modernity, offering us fresh ways of looking at it while drawing new links between the ideas of architecture and ornamentation, with a special focus on how they have been treated in print. While the first volume of Columns of Smoke considered epoch-making architect Adolf Loos's relationship with photography, here Lahuerta turns to the Classical strand in Loos's architecture and to his written work—and specifically his engagement with architectural and artistic theory. Lahuerta pays particular attention to Loos's seminal “Ornament and Crime,” the essay that established disornamentation as the signal feature of twentieth-century architecture. Through close analysis of that essay he unearths the racially charged, pseudoscientific ideas from early anthropology that underpin Loos's thinking. Sure to be controversial, this new reading of Loos's landmark writings calls the whole disornamentation project into question, and in the process, it reveals a radically new perspective on a major turn in modern design and culture.

Emigre: GLOBAL DESIGN, VS. Globalism, Critisism, SCIENCE, AUTHENTIcity and Humanism - #67

Author: Rudy VanderLans
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
ISBN: 9781568984674
Category: Architecture
Page: 128
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In his essay "Style is Not a Four Letter Word," Mr. Keedy looks at the continuing feud in design between style and content, form and function, and even pleasure and utility, and tries to pin down how style got such a bad reputation, and how restoring its value may save design. Kenneth FitzGerald in "Buzz Kill" continues to be amazed at the gyrations designers will go through to try and place themselves beyond criticism. His essay tries to drive a stake through the common techniques used by designers to neutralize criticism. Anthony Inciong mourns the fact that design no longer leads but answers to the market and how this coincides with the dumbing down of design education. He recommends an increase in theory, history, and research as a way for young designers to build an awareness of the culture in which they and their objects will live. Michael Schmidt and Katherine McCoy, in two separate essays, explore the role of graphic design in the age of globalization. Randy Nakamura looks at the continuing attempt by graphic designers to raise design above its middlebrow pedigree. David Cabianca reviews Fred Smeijer's book "Type now: a manifesto, plus work so far." Cabianca, who studies at the University of Reading (UK), looks at what a student of type design may take away from this book. Rudy VanderLans interviews Peter Bilak, the designer of the popular Fedra type family and co-publisher of "DotDotDot" magazine, as well as Dmitri Siegel, a recent Yale graduate who has a knack for writing original and insightful design critiques. Max Kisman lends us a few pages from his ongoing illustrated diary which currently contains over 15,000 pages. Plus, the Readers Respond, featuring letters in response to past issues of Emigre magazine.

Drawing Now

Eight Propositions
Author: Laura J. Hoptman,Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)
Publisher: The Museum of Modern Art
ISBN: 9780870703621
Category: Art
Page: 192
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"The art of drawing flourished in the 1990s, and broke significantly from the tenets of twentieth-century modernism. Drawing Now: Eight Propositions surveys this new work, and shows drawing as no less adventurous and aesthetically satisfying than any of the more recent and seemingly more current methods of artmaking today. Carefully executed and highly finished, the drawings explored in this book - which accompanies an exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art (in its temporary home in Queens, New York) in 2002-2003 - are largely representational and descriptive, sometimes with an interest in story-telling. Some show affinities with illustration, fashion, or comic strips; others are closer to industrial and commercial varieties of precision drawing, such as architectural plans and scientific renderings; still others take ideas from the traditions of ornament."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Crime and Ornament

The Arts and Popular Culture in the Shadow of Adolf Loos
Author: Bernie Miller,Melony Ward
Publisher: Yyz Books
ISBN: 9780920397770
Category: Architecture
Page: 292
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Adolf Loos’s provocative essay "Ornament and Crime" continues to ignite controversy, even outrage. His contentious assumptions have inspired the writers in this anthology who explore ornament in film, visual art, literature, fashion, sports, gay culture, and, of course, architecture. The resulting lively interrogations reinstate ornament as a potent cultural indicator.

Programme und Manifeste zur Architektur des 20. Jahrhunderts

Author: N.A
Publisher: Birkhäuser
ISBN: 3035602786
Category: Architecture
Page: 181
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Der erste Band der Bauwelt Fundamente versammelt 34 Texte von Architekten und Architekturtheoretikern, die das Bauen in den ersten sechs Jahrzehnten des 20. Jahrhunderts nachhaltig gestaltet und geprägt haben. 1963 von Ulrich Conrads, dem damaligen Chefredakteur der Bauwelt, zusammengestellt und kommentiert, bietet diese Sammlung von Programmen, Grundsätzen und Manifesten zur Architektur der Moderne auch heute noch eine Grundlage für das Verständnis und die Auseinandersetzung mit der Praxis und der Theorie des Bauens im vergangenen Jahrhundert. Mit Texten von van de Velde, Loos, Wright, van der Rohe, Le Corbusier, Gropius, Buckminster Fuller, Hollein, Friedman, u.a. sind die Protagonisten des architektonischen Schaffens im 20. Jahrhundert vertreten. 50 Jahre nach Erscheinen ist mit dieser Sammlung von Quellentexten auch ein historisches Dokument der (Selbst-)Reflexion der Architektur wieder lieferbar.

Details of Consequence

Ornament, Music, and Art in Paris
Author: Gurminder Kaur Bhogal
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199795053
Category: Art
Page: 357
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Details of Consequence examines a trait that is rarely questioned in fin-de-siècle French music: ornamental extravagance. In re-evaluating the status of ornament for French culture, this book investigates how musical and visual expressions of decorative detail shaped widespread discussions on identity, style, and aesthetics.


Ornament, Structure, and Behavior
Author: Andrea Gleiniger,Georg Vrachliotis
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
ISBN: 303460887X
Category: Architecture
Page: 108
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As models and paradigms, patterns have been helping to orient architects since the Middle Ages. But patterns are also the basis of the history of ornament, an aesthetic phenomenon that links all times and cultures at a fundamental level. Ornament – and hence pattern as well – was abolished by the avant-garde in the first half of the twentieth century, but the notion of pattern has taken on new meaning and importance since the 1960s. Complexity research has ultimately shown that even highly complex, dynamic patterns may be based on simple behavioral rules, and that has allowed the notions of pattern and pattern formation to take on new meanings, that are also central for architecture. Today the use of generative computerized methods is opening up new ways of talking about an idea that is becoming increasingly abstract and dynamic. Pattern explores the question: what are the notions of pattern that must be discussed in the context of contemporary architecture?

Framing Formalism

Riegl's Work
Author: Richard Woodfield
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9789057013126
Category: Art
Page: 317
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Alois Riegl (1858-1905) was one of the founding fathers of modern formalist criticism. As a member of the Vienna School of Art Historians, he shared their range of interests in the decorative arts, art in transition, conservation and monuments. This collection of critical essays examines various facets of Riegl's work and opens with a new translation of Hans Sedlmayr's famous, and notorious, Die Quintessenze der Lehren Riegls. Included is Julius von Schlosser's assessment of Riegl's contribution to the Vienna School of Art Historians as well as essays by a team of international scholars. This book offers a re-engagement with the ideas of one of the most important and neglected art historians of the 20th century.

B is for Bauhaus

An A-Z of the Modern World
Author: Deyan Sudjic
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0718199472
Category: Architecture
Page: 480
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This book is not a dictionary, though it tells you all you need know about everything from Authenticity to Zips. It's not an autobiography, though it does offer a revealing and highly personal inside view of contemporary culture. It's an essential tool kit for understanding the modern world. It's about what makes a Warhol a genuine fake; the creation of national identities; the mania to collect. It's also about the world seen from the rear view mirror of Grand Theft Auto V; digital ornament and why we value imperfection. It's about drinking a bruisingly dry martini in Adolf Loo's American bar in Vienna, and about Hitchcock's film sets. It's about fashion and technology, about politics and art.

Zum neuen Stil

aus seinen Schriften ausgewählt und eingeleitet von Hans Curjel
Author: Henry van de Velde
Publisher: N.A
Category: Architecture
Page: 255
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Bright Shards of Someplace Else

Author: Monica McFawn
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
ISBN: 082034687X
Category: Fiction
Page: 164
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Collects eleven stories that explore the repercussions of people misreading the minds of others.

Metaphors of Depth in German Musical Thought

From E. T. A. Hoffmann to Arnold Schoenberg
Author: Holly Watkins
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139501593
Category: Music
Page: N.A
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What does it mean to say that music is deeply moving? Or that music's aesthetic value derives from its deep structure? This study traces the widely employed trope of musical depth to its origins in German-language music criticism and analysis. From the Romantic aesthetics of E. T. A. Hoffmann to the modernist theories of Arnold Schoenberg, metaphors of depth attest to the cross-pollination of music with discourses ranging from theology, geology and poetics to psychology, philosophy and economics. The book demonstrates that the persistence of depth metaphors in musicology and music theory today is an outgrowth of their essential role in articulating and transmitting Germanic cultural values. While musical depth metaphors have historically served to communicate German nationalist sentiments, Watkins shows that an appreciation for the broad connotations of those metaphors opens up exciting new avenues for interpretation.