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Yet the lack of stylistic unity in architecture and the flamboyant ornamentalism of the Russian style moderne were widely interpreted as a sign of social disarray, of the loss of a proper standard for social and cultural values.
34) Neil Englehart, "Representing Civilization: Solidarism, Ornamentalism, and Siam's entry into International Society," European Journal of International Relations 16, no.
Those who have nothing to defend indifferently affirm the supposed omnipotence of power and violence and it is against this background of aesthetic ornamentalism as well as ethical indifference that Kracauer discusses ethical law and committed art as elements that could have asserted themselves more strongly within German 'national culture' during the rise of Nazism.
But I see also a progress away from the eroticism that characterizes his work from Verklarte Nacht to Erwartung, away from the ornamentalism of Herzgewachse, towards a personal version of the Jewish God in Moses und Aron and towards the inexpressible, all-pervasive Idea.
The lost opportunity seems especially odd given that the show's organizer, Robert Jensen, orchestrated a far better version in his book Ornamentalism in 1982.
This beautifully produced book--containing a substantial number of Reeh's own photographs of urban ornamentalism, visually pleasant but insufficiently motivated--clearly reflects Kracauer's growing cult status: His texts have become authorization for others' writerly creativity--in this case applied to "modern urban culture," no matter how eclectic or how tenuous the connection.
David Cannadine portrays much of the intellectual and material form of this nexus in Ornamentalism (Oxford: 2001).
Ornamentalism is, in one sense, an attempt at polemic.
4) Similarly, David Cannadine's Ornamentalism argues that racial hierarchies and colonial exploitation were undermined by commonalities between the upper classes on both sides of the colonial divide.
Stettheimer and Pollock do come to terms in McGlelland's Cynthia and Angela (all works 2000): The Abstract Expressionist's flung and poured paint morphs into something resembling the arabesque festoons of Stettheimer's twee ornamentalism, as well as lettering that spells out a series of broken phrases "i came to you," "you always said," "my eyes.