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Grandmother, 1983. Pigment on cotton sateen. Width: 56 inches (142.24 cm).
Grandmother, 1983. Pigment on cotton sateen. Width: 56 inches (142.24 cm).
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Grandmother, 1983

Artist: Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown & Associates

The design inspiration for Grandmother (1983) came from an old tablecloth belonging to the grandmother of an associate of Venturi and Scott Brown. They modified the tablecloth’s floral print and added an overlay pattern of dashes. Venturi has described the initial design idea: “We wanted a pattern . . . that was explicitly pretty in its soft, curvy configurations and sweet combinations of colors, and represented as well something with nice associations, those of flowers. By juxtaposing the two patterns, the dashes and the grandmother-tablecloth, we achieved design involving dramatic contrasts of scale, rhythm, color, and association, and one that is usable in many ways” (VSBA Archives, project statement, July 19, 1990).