Love reading Nancy Troy’s new book “The Afterlife of Piet Mondrian,” published by University of Chicago Press. A Stanford-based art historian, Troy explores the social forces and commodity culture developed around the aesthetic legacy of Piet Mondrian. While the famed Yves St. Laurent's shift dresses of 1965 hads brought the imagery of Mondrian’s asymmetrical arrangements of squares in primary colors and black/white/gray to the conscious of the Pop-Age taste, Troy uncovers other examples from hotel décor, to backdrops for fashion shoots, to furniture, to jigsaw puzzles, demonstrating how this iconic visual language was made into a brand. By the time Roy Lichtenstein made his own Mondrian knockoffs, that style had become a graphic design cliché. Another key example of the commercialization of Mondrian's legacy included in the book is the Mondrian Hotel, built in 1985 in North Hollywood, designed as an Hommage à Mondrian and later bought by Ian Schrager who painted the exterior white, erasing all trace of Mondrian's influence, but keeping the artist's name.