Decorative and Applied Art

decorative arts

decorative arts, term referring to a variety of applied visual arts, both two- and three-dimensional, including textiles, metalwork, ceramics, books, and woodwork, as well as to certain aspects of architecture (see ornament), public buildings, and private houses (see interior decoration). It is also applied to numerous household objects that have surfaces suitable for ornamental design; to ecclesiastical vestments and appurtenances; and to personal apparel and belongings, including costumes, jewelry, goldwork and silverware, arms and armor, tools, saddles, and automobiles.

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Decorative and Applied Art: Selected full-text books and articles

Art of the Postmodern Era: From the Late 1960s to the Early 1990s By Irving Sandler Icon Editions, 1996
Librarian's tip: Chap. 4 "Pattern and Decoration Painting"
Art and Agency: An Anthropological Theory By Alfred Gell Clarendon Press, 1998
Librarian's tip: "On Decorative Art" begins on p. 73
Decorative Art of Victoria's Era By Frances Lichten Charles Scribner's Sons, 1950
The Pluralist Era: American Art, 1968-1981 By Corinne Robins Harper & Row, 1984
Librarian's tip: Chap. 5 "Pattern Painting and Decorative Art"
The Micropolitics of Home Decorating in 19th Century France By Watson, Janell Mosaic (Winnipeg), Vol. 31, No. 2, June 1998
Peer-reviewed publications on Questia are publications containing articles which were subject to evaluation for accuracy and substance by professional peers of the article's author(s).
Feminism and Art History: Questioning the Litany By Norma Broude; Mary D. Garrard Icon Editions, 1982
Librarian's tip: Chap. 16 "Miriam Schapiro and 'Femmage': Reflections on the Conflict between Decoration and Abstraction in Twentieth-Century Art"
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