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New Lanark Partners with London Fashion and Textiles Museum

INTERNATIONAL travelling exhibition Artist Textiles – Picasso to Warhol from London’s Fashion and Textile Museum will be showcasing at World Heritage Site, New Lanark, Scotland at the beginning of next year.

Artist Textiles has been touring London, the Netherlands, USA and Canada since 2014 and will now be displayed at New Lanark’s new exhibition galley. The show takes a look at the history of 20th century textile art, including the works of Henri Matisse, Salvador Dali, Barbara Hepworth and Andy Warhol. Presented also will be the personal collection of British designer Zandra Rhodes, including the work of leading fashion designers and manufacturers.

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Influenced by major European and American art movements, including Cubism, Abstraction, Surrealism and Pop Art, the collection of over 200, many unique and previously unseen pieces reveal how people were able to express themselves, through modern art, clothing and furnishings.

Dennis Nothdruft, curator of the Fashion and Textiles Museum and exhibition developer, states “this exhibition highlights the importance of the textile industry in the dissemination and promotion of contemporary art.  Manufacturers and mills had the foresight to work with painters and sculptors to develop beautiful fabrics that democratized modern art for the masses.”

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New Lanark World Heritage Site, founded in 1785 by David Dale and Richard Arkwright was previously an 18th century cotton spinning mill village. Located near to Glasgow and Edinburgh, New Lanark enjoyed spinning success until 1968. Now a registered Scottish charity, New Lanark has been undergoing renovation to restore the village to its former working glory and attracting over 300,000 visitors per year.

Scott McCauley, New Lanark Trust Chief Executive, said “we are very proud that Artist Textiles – Picasso to Warhol will make its Scottish debut at New Lanark in 2018, officially launching New Lanark’s brand new Temporary Exhibition Gallery.”

by Pierra George-Robertson

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Artist Textiles – Picasso to Warhol will show from 26 January – 29 April 2018

The exhibition will be held in a new exhibition gallery within one of New Lanark’s 18th century cotton mill buildings.

Find Details of New Lanark’s daily guided tours, printmaking workshops, textile design competition, meals and gift shops here

The Fashion and Textile Museum, founded by iconic British designer Zandra Rhodes in 2003, is part of Newham College London – one of Europe’s largest further education colleges and is the only museum in the UK solely dedicated to showcasing developments in contemporary fashion.

The Fashion and Textile Museum offers an exciting programme of exhibitions and displays throughout the year, alongside an array of talks, events and workshops with industry professionals.

Photographs by Yousuf Karsh Open at Beetles And Huxley, London

BEETLES and Huxley mount the first major London exhibition in 30 years of work by Yousuf Karsh, one of the greatest and most respected portrait photographers of the 20th century later this month. The show highlights many of his high-profile commissions including Karsh’s famous photograph of a defiant Winston Churchill, minus a cigar, the gorgeous Audrey Hepburn, Pablo Picasso in his studio and a mystical portrayal of Jacques Cousteau to name a few.

The show will highlight Karsh’s extraordinary ability to capture his subjects’ personalities which he achieved through sophisticated lighting techniques developed initially through studying the work of great master painters, Rembrandt and Velázquez.

Audrey Hepburn, 1956 © Yousuf Karsh / Camera PressAudrey Hepburn, 1956 © Yousuf Karsh / Camera Press

Armenian Karsh was one of the greatest and most respected portrait photographers of the 20th century. Renowned for his iconic photographs of the rich and famous, Karsh’s successful and prolific career lasted nearly 60 years. Fascinated by “greatness” himself, Karsh was attracted by the persona of celebrities, royalty, politicians and scientists maintaining that
“… it is the mind and soul of the personality before my camera that interests me most, and the greater the mind and soul, the greater my interest.”

The photographs on display also reveal the theatricality of Karsh’s formal studio-based approach to composition, developed from his experimentation with theatrical lighting at Ottawa Theatre in Canada.  Often without the addition of scenery or accoutrements, the success of his images relied entirely on the sitters’ posture and expression in which he believed. “There is a brief moment when all there is in a man’s mind and soul and spirit is reflected through his eyes, his hands, his attitude. This is the moment to record,” he said.

Ernest Hemmingway, 1957 © Yousuf Karsh / Camera PressErnest Hemingway, 1957 © Yousuf Karsh / Camera Press

Ever more remarkable is the photographer’s determination to achieve perfection despite the harsh realities of his upbringing when he was forced to flee the atrocities committed by Turkey during World War One before his family sought refuge in Syria.

The work of Yousuf Karsh can be found in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Canada, MOMA and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

by Miranda Charalambous

The photographs of Yousuf Karsh will be on display from September 20 – October 15 2016 at Beetles and Huxley, 3 – 5 Swallow Street, London W1B 4DE
Tel: 020 7434 4319