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FROM UTILITY TO LIFE: SCULPTURAL 'DECORATIVE' ARTS

Updated: Apr 2


Wall Clock , Jean-Jacques Fieffé from the exhibition: 'Taking Shape: Finding Sculpture in the Decorative Arts', J. Paul Getty Museum, March 31–July 5, 2009.


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Lecturer and Curator, J. Franks for the Canadian Soceity of Decorative Arts

First Session: 'From Utility to Life: Sculptural Decorative Arts'


Utility and beauty are two main concepts of the classic definition of decorative arts. There are, however, many instances in which the creativity of objects, including a highly plastic shape, bring to mind the art of sculpture more than the idea of function or merely decoration. Such objects, captured in a variety of museum exhibitions, blur traditional boundaries between fine and decorative art. A Q & A with CSDA collectors, whose chosen objects relate to the session's theme, will follow this lecture.




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