PRINT December 1986

AN ORNAMENTED JOKE

Joyce Kozloff

The watercolors that Joyce Kozloff created in 1986 as a project for Artforum are as vivacious as they are very funny about the evolution of perspective in visual art. As the artist explains in her introduction, the four tableaux—which arc from ancient Egypt to sixteenth-century Persia to the Italian Renaissance and finally to postmodernism—were inspired by her friend the art historian Irene Winter’s strategy for teaching her students how time does, and does not, change how we see the world. Imagining history, Kozloff in her own way illustrates both the landmarks and the limitations of human