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Ornamentalism is, in one sense, an attempt at polemic.
Ornamentalism is thus preeminently a work of cultural history.
Ornamentalism, then, is really the making of a transnational aristocratic fraternity in which many seem to have a jolly good time and few seem to suffer.
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.