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Nancy J. Troy uncovers commodity culture in Mondrian's legacy

A 2010 exhibit at the Museum of Applied Art in Cologne, Germany, explored artist Piet Mondrian's influence on popular culture.

Hermann J. Knippertz/Associated Press
Jul 9 2014

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From Yves St. Laurent's famed shift dresses to hotel décor, furniture and even jigsaw puzzles, among other "Mondriana," Dutch artist Piet Mondrian's imagery has become ubiquitous in consumer culture.  Through a study of the interplay between consumerism and the work of Mondrian, Stanford art historian Nancy J. Troy uncovers how social forces shaped the artist's legacy.