Crime and Ornament: The Arts and Popular Culture in the Shadow of Adolf Loos, Edited by Melony Ward and Bernie Miller

Crime and Ornament: The Arts and Popular Culture in the Shadow of Adolf Loos, Edited by Melony Ward and Bernie Miller

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Softcover, 5 x 8.5 in.

292 pp.

Published by YYZBOOKS

Toronto, 2002.

Melony Ward is publisher of Canadian Art magazine. She was the director of YYZ Artists' Outlet and has consulted for independent magazines and art galleries in the areas of business development and fundraising.

Bernie Miller is a sculptor originally from Toronto who has been living and working in Winnipeg since 2004. He has shown over the years in various North American and other European venues. In addition to his work as a visual artist Bernie's range of activities includes writing, editing, teaching, conducting workshops, presenting lectures, as well as various curatorial activities. He has served on the board of Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art since 2005.

Adolf Loos' provocative 1908 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.



Bernie Miller

Bernie Miller and Melony Ward

Ornament and Crime
Adolf Loos


Productions of Incarceration: The Architecture of Daniel Paul Schreber
Felicity D. Scott

Invisible Danger: The Criminal Aura in Recent Artworks by Sheila Ayearst and Louise Noguchi
Jennifer Rudder

Ornament and Order
Jacques Soulillou

Jeff Wall's Suburban Vampires
Charles Reeve

Foul Perfection: Thoughts on Caricature
Mike Kelley


Safe Streets
Samir Gandesha

O: the apparatus
J. Yolande Daniels and Spring Hurtlbut

Ornament and Sacrifice
George L. Hersey

Vivisecting V.
Katherine Milligan

Integrity and Ornament
Jan Zwicky


Reconstructing the Ornaments, Renewing theArchitecture: The Reconstruction and Extensionof the Barcelona Opera, 1994-99
Ignasi de Sola-Morales

Dancing in the End Zone: Football, Psychoanalysis,and Ornamental Activism
Jeanne Randolph

Doncaster Casual Style 1984-85
Graham Ramsay

Consuming the Buff Simulacrum
Brian Pronger

Volatile Architectures
Jim Drobnick

Carlo Cesta
Notes on Contributors

ISBN: 0-920397-77-8 / 978-0-920397-77-0