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Joyce Kozloff

Interview with Joyce Kozloff, 2006 May 11

Born in 1942, Joyce Kozloff was a co-founder of the Pattern and Decoration movement of the 1970s. Her early paintings and collages draw on colors and designs from Islamic, North African and Southwest American Indian cultures. Kozloff’s interest in decorative arts and “craft” or “ornament” aligned with the feminist movement and provided a stark alternative to the minimalist “high art” being produced mainly by men during this period. Her later large-scale public art commissions incorporate ceramic tile installations which reflect her continuing interest in color, pattern, and design from other parts of the world. Her latest cartographic works incorporate images of maps and continue to explore the themes of place, gender and power.


Joyce Kozloff, floor piece from An Interior Decorated (1980). Exhibition at the Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC, 1980. Collection Ludwig Forum for International Art, Aachen, Germany. Photo by Steve Causey.

Further Reading

Kozloff, Joyce. Boys' Art. New York, N.Y.: D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, c2003.

———. Crossed Purposes : Joyce & Max Kozloff. Youngstown: Butler Institute of American Art, c1998.

———. Patterns of Desire. New York: Hudson Hills Press: Distributed in the United States by Rizzoli, c1990.

Princenthal, Nancy. Joyce Kozloff: Co+ordinates. Carlisle, Pa.: Trout Gallery, Dickinson College; New York: Distributed by D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, 2008.