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Author Payne, Alina Alexandra.
Title From ornament to object : genealogies of architectural modernism / Alina Payne.
Published New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2012.
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 Floor3  NA645.5.M63 P39 2012    IN LIBRARY
Description ix, 334 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Content Type text
Format volume
Contents Semper's heritage -- The ubiquity of objects -- Art historians, objects, and empathy -- The architect's world between culture and style -- The fork in the road: Muthesius and Loos -- The aftermath: Bauhaus endgame and Le Corbusier's poetics of portability -- Conclusion: sculpture and scale.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "In the late 19th century, a centuries-old preference for highly ornamented architecture gave way to a budding Modernism of clean lines and unadorned surfaces. At the same moment, everyday objects--cups, saucers, chairs, and tables--began to receive critical attention.Alina Payne addresses this shift, arguing for a new understanding of the genealogy of architectural modernism: rather than the well-known story in which an absorption of technology and mass production created a radical aesthetic that broke decisively with the past, Payne argues for a more gradual shift, as the eloquence of architectural ornamentation was taken on by objects of daily use. As she demonstrates, the work of Adolf Loos and Le Corbusier should be seen as the culmination of a conversation about ornament dating as far back as the Renaissance. Payne looks beyond the usual suspects of philosophy and science to establish theoretical catalysts for the shift from ornament to object in the varied fields of anthropology and ethnology; art history and the museum; and archaeology and psychology"--Provided by publisher.
Subject Architecture, Modern -- 19th century -- Themes, motives.
Architecture, Modern -- 20th century -- Themes, motives.
Decorative arts -- History -- 19th century -- Themes, motives.
Decorative arts -- History -- 20th century -- Themes, motives.
Modernism (Aesthetics)
ISBN 0300175337 (hardback)
9780300175332 (hardback)
OCLC number 759174517