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Le Poisson est Rouge
Chelsea Pegram
11.03.18 - 11.28.18

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 3rd, 7 - 10pm Gallery Hours: Saturdays, 12-4pm and by appointment

Interior Decorating and Lifestyle theme “French Country Kitchen” synthesized trends that evoked nostalgia for an invented past. The theme became pervasive among middle and upper-middle economic classes in America and England starting in the 1970’s, and peaking in the late 80’s through the mid-90’s. Related but opposed to the Americana Country Farm theme of the 1950’s and early 60’s, which was revived again in the 80’s and 90’s, French Country Kitchen purported a casual elegance and sophistication in complex patterning and just-so mishmashes of quasi historical decorative and utilitarian objects. The suggested origin was the countryside of Southern France, filtered, however, through English importation. The American Anglophile craze of the 1980’s in turn imported a taste for England’s Francophile legacy, and became the splinter aesthetic French Country Kitchen.
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