Known for his pioneering involvement in the Pattern and Decoration movement of the 1970’s and ’80’s, Kushner continues to address controversial issues in decoration in a variety of media. Like the work of contemporaries Betty Woodman, Joyce Kozloff and others, his compositions evidence a response to the austere lines and restrained forms of minimalism. At the same time, Kushner incorporates the flattening description of space and objects endemic to that movement. The artist’s early performance works of the 1970’s featured patterned fabric that was ornately collaged and painted. His work in painting, sculpture, collage, print, and mosaic is characterized by colorful abstraction and botanical motifs that draw from non-western decorative arts including Japanese folding screens, Chinese and Japanese sumi ink drawings, and textiles.