ADA1900 works independently and in collaboration with museums to foster information and appreciation of American decorative artwork (furnishings, lighting, ceramics, metalwork and glass) from the interval 1876-1940, with a give attention to the American Arts & Crafts and Prairie Faculty actions and American art pottery. Serves as a forum for communication about research, exhibitions, publications, conferences, events and other actions pertinent to the serious research of international and American decorative arts. However, for this identical cause, amassing ornamental arts can be rewarding another way compared to art that is solely noticed.
No longer bound by the necessity to produce functional objects, a need that was being met by trade and mass manufacturing, postwar artisans explored the expressive and ornamental potentials of their media. Each of my children got BFAs, and from many conversations with them, I became conscious of these haughty attitudes about Positive Art vs Decorative Artwork.
Objects created in the Arts and Crafts fashion look back to the handcrafted guild practices of medieval production and sometimes characteristic particulars indicating handwork (reminiscent of hammered surfaces on metal), stylized motifs from nature, and simple, natural supplies that supply their own colours and textures as ornamentation.
Kirkland Museum of Positive & Ornamental Art is temporarily closed to develop our universe! Ornamental art” as most painters use the term is superficial and simply cloned. We only had one massive print on cardboard in an enormous gold body from Woolworth that hung over our sofa growing up. When people from Europe go to my booth at artwork shows, their data of artwork is astounding.
By one definition they had been nothing greater than decorative art on the time of their creation but now these priceless work are the quintessential examples of positive art. My recommendation is locate what you love, whether or not it be obsessively conceptual or unabashedly decorative and work it. As you grow a body of work- what ever it’s- the world will tell you where it belongs.