Earthly Delights

Lari Pittman Untitled #14, 2003 Oil, lacquer and Cel-Vinyl on gessoed canvas over wood panel 76 x 102 in. (193 x 259.1 cm) Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Joseph and Jory Shapiro Fund by exchange, 2003.25 © 2003 Lari Pittman Photo: Nathan K
Until November 30, 2014

Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA, until 30 November.
Earthly Delights brings together the work of eight artists who share a belief in the critical power of beauty. Made between 1949 and 2006, the paintings, sculptures, and installations in this exhibition embrace the decorative in defiance of prevailing artistic trends. By revelling in pleasure, exploring private moments, and exuding sensuality, these works challenge the primacy of rationality and logic in modernism. As they explore the connections among art, decoration, and design, the artists insist on the intrinsic value of beauty by engaging with social issues. Irreverent and playful, this eclectic group subverts the conservatism of minimalism and other 20th-century movements that eschewed making art in pursuit of pleasure.