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Caroline Arscott, Courtauld Institute of Art


‘William Morris Carpets: Action in Design’

Morris’s carpet designs have been discussed in terms of naturalism and abstraction but rather than focusing on this polarity Arscott will consider Morris’s intimations of action. Morris associated action with the pictorial and considered it to be one of the great resources of oriental carpet design. This talk will consider the knot in terms of the substance of the pile and the interlace of the design. The significance of the knot for Victorian mathematics will also be touched upon. Arscott will discuss ways in which action may be indicated even where figures are absent, and will make reference to Riegl's discussion of cloud band motifs in carpets. This paper seeks to establish the ways in which ornament can function as a mode of the pictorial in an Arts and Crafts context.
Co-Sponsored by:
History of Art
Nineteenth-Century Forum
University of Michigan Museum of Art
Institute for the Humanities
International Institute
Rackham Graduate School
Start Time: 10/2/2012   TBD
Location: UMMA Multi-Purpose Room
Contact: jdkohn@umich.edu
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