bkg. white; circles and arabesques black and white; crescendo dark green circles

%C2%A9 Heal%27s Fabrics%2C London%2C Barbara Brown%2C 1973

Crescendo, 1973

Cotton; screenprintexpand_more

Gift of Richard L. Simmonsexpand_more  98.150.7

Not on Viewexpand_more

Crescendo draws its inspiration from several sources. The curved, s-shaped lines of Brown's pattern references the ogee, an architectural form combining a concave and convex arc. The term is also related to mathematics, meaning an inflection point, of which can be seen many times in Crescendo. Additionally, a connection can be made between Brown's textile and the work of Pop artists such as Roy Lichtenstein. Lichtenstein's use of Ben-Day dots gave his works the appearance of comic books or newspaper print. Crescendo's groupings of regularly spaced circles mimic Ben-Day dots in their indication of the gradation from largely white to largely black areas.

Artist Life
born 1932
Accession Number
Curator Approved

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bkg. white; circles and arabesques black and white; crescendo dark green circles

© Heal's Fabrics, London, Barbara Brown, 1973