In his essay, Loos examines notions of good and bad taste. He condemns the use of decoration and craft as an indication of the lowest level of cultural development, stating ‘the modern man who tattoos himself is a criminal.' This exhibition challenges the idea that ornamentation is a crime and instead embraces colour, ornament and pattern as means of social and political expression. An embroidered evening dress and a metallic clutch bag by fashion designer Alexander McQueen are placed alongside works by the likes of Lisa Milroy, Caragh Thuring, and Bedwyr Williams to blur the boundaries between masculine and feminine, high and low art, cheap and luxurious, craft and art.
22 September - 16 December 2019
Yinka Shonibare CBE at Attenborough Arts Centre