Is it art or is it decor?

By Katherine Roth

Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — The furniture, drapes, wall coverings, ceramics, textiles and other works by London-based artist Marc Camille Chaimowicz are as cross-disciplinary as they are distinct. They reflect and draw inspiration from the home, but are closer to sculpture or performance art than home goods.

Tending toward muted pastel pinks, lavenders and greens, Chaimowicz’ pieces are better known in Europe than in the United States. Until now, that is.

“Marc Camille Chaimowicz: Your Place or Mine.,” billed as the first exhibit in the U.S. devoted solely to him, opened at The Jewish Museum in New York in March and remains on view through Aug. 5.

“We gave the show a playful and ambiguous title to reflect the playfulness and ambiguous nature of the work, and as a nod to the fact that this museum itself was once a home,” says associate curator Kelly Taxter, who organized the exhibit at the Fifth Avenue museum, in a mansion built in 1908.

Chaimowicz doesn’t delineate between fine arts, crafts and design, she says.

“His work is very abstract and, at the same time, it’s utterly approachable. Everyone recognizes a chair and understands wallpaper. So there’s an immediate understanding, and there are also multiple layers of poetry behind it.”

The show includes works made between 1978 and 2018, including some never-before-exhibited pieces and three new commissions.

Born in post-war Paris to a Polish Jewish father and a French Catholic mother, Chaimowicz was 8 when his family moved to Britain. He has lived and created in three London apartments over the past 40 years.

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