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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.

Loren Nicole announces latest collection

HANDMADE jewellery designer Loren Nicole has launched her newest collection. Using ancient techniques and no electricity, Loren Nicole’s handmade jewellery collection celebrates ethnographic cultures from across the world and the craftsmanship of ancient goldsmiths.

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Each piece of jewellery is designed to highlight the beautiful colour of high karat yellow gold and is produced from gold grain to final finish by Loren’s hand.

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Credit: Rodarte catwalk

Her collections are inspired by a different ancient civilisation’s techniques and aesthetic element, with her first entitled Hellenes highlighting the Etruscan style. Loren’s latest jewellery collection Babylon is inspired by the ancient Mesopotamia temple Ziggurat.

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Loren began her career in archaeology and then specialised her skills at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York through a position as a textile conservator.

by Alice Fiancet

Loren Nicole’s collections are available here

 

Magnum Photos Releases New Square Print Project

A NEW Square Print Project launched by Magnum Photos celebrates the legacy of Polish documentary photographer and Magnum co-founder, David “Chim” Seymour. The project, entitled Conditions of the Heart: on empathy and connection in photography is inspired by Seymour’s exceptional ability to convey human emotion in his work. This project explores the relationship between photographer and subject and the significance of Seymour’s work on the practice of documentary photography. Featuring over seventy artists, the project is part of a series which examines the influence of the Magnum co-founders which also include Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa and George Rodger.

Seymour, who began his career as a photojournalist in the 1930s is well known for his images of the Spanish Civil War. During the Second World War, he joined the United States Army as a photographic interpreter and afterwards, worked for UNICEF photographing the plight of orphaned children. Affected by wartime experiences, Seymour’s work became more socially conscious and acquired a greater sensitivity. Magnum photographer, Henri Cartier-Bresson said, “Chim picked up his camera the way a doctor takes his stethoscope out of his bag, applying his diagnosis to the condition of the heart.

When Magnum photographer, Eve Arnold was seconded to Cuba to take magazine photographs, she encountered destitution on an unimaginable scale which affected her greatly. In desperation, a Cuban family, depicted here, implored her to adopt their daughter to save her from a life of prostitution and poverty.

CUBA. Bahia Honda. Fisherman and family. Island girl. 1954.Fisherman and family. Bahía Honda, Cuba. 1954. Courtesy of Eve Arnold/Magnum Photos

Magnum photographer, Paul Fusco took this photograph while travelling from New York to Washington, D.C. from a train carrying the dead body of Robert F. Kennedy. Fusco explained, “The people in this photograph had a meaningful connection with Kennedy and an appreciable reason to build a sign, stand in the heat and say goodbye to the man who had once offered them hope.”

USA. 1968. Robert KENNEDY funeral train.USA.USA. 1968. Robert Kennedy funeral train. Courtesy of Paul Frusco/Magnum Photos

Magnum photographer, Ian Berry was pleasantly surprised when he worked with the actor and singer Jane Birkin OBE and her partner, Serge Gainsbourg. Regarding most celebrities somewhat challenging, he found the pair ”warm, friendly and generally terrific” and, easy to photograph.

France. Paris. Jane Birkin OBE is an English actress and singer based in France. She is known for her relationship with Serge Gainsbourg and for having a Hermes bag named after her. In recent years she has written her own album, directed a film and become an outspoken proponent of democracy in Burma. Here she sits with Serge Gainsbourg in their Paris flat. 1970 Jane Birkin with Serge Gainsbourg, her husband at the time, in their Paris flat. 1970.
Courtesy of Ian Berry/Magnum Photos

The Magnum photographs on sale are museum quality prints and measure 6 x 6 inches. Each photograph is sighed and estate stamped and cost $100.

by Miranda Charalambous

The Magnum Square Print Sale, Conditions of the Heart: on empathy and connection in photography runs until November 4, 2016 at the Magnum Print Online Shop.
Email: shop@magnumphotos.com

Front page image: Marilyn Monroe on the set of The Misfits. Reno, Nevada, 1960, Courtesy of Inge Morath/Magnum Photos

 

Exploring Media on a Knife Edge at Unit London

UNIT London presents Radical Presence, a new exhibition showcasing the work of 25 major international artists. The show is mounted by emerging curator Kate Linfoot, a specialist in international post-war and contemporary art, and comprises over thirty works of painting, sculpture, mixed media and light installations. The artists explore our ever-changing world through abstraction, figuration and nature using a remarkable choice of media and a diverse range of skills.

Farhad Moshiri, an Iranian artist, creates fantastical pieces by combining popular culture with Iranian tradition. The artist, having previously experimented with knife throwing, remarks that ‘new ideas are more likely to appear when you step out of your comfort zone’. However, the zany array of kitchen knives in Home Sweet Home are not thrown but instead, pressed into putty gently to convey their non-aggressive gesture.

600x400KNIVES fahad moshiriFarhad Moshiri, Home Sweet Home (detail), 2008, Acrylic, phosphor powder colours with dissolving medium, acrylic glue and 314 knives on canvas, mounted on MDF, 169.93 x 169.93 x 59.94 cm.
Photograph: the artist and Radical Presence at Unit London

Alex Hubbard, a New York-based artist, paints in tandem with his video animations, using video stills to realise layered colour fields that are bold but also translucent in quality. Hubbard mixes resin with fibre glass tints to effect a notion of smudges on a glossy screen image.

600x400Alex HubbardAlex Hubbard, Plenty of Demons Out There, 2012, Resin, fibre glass tint and acrylic on canvas,
198.12 x 217.93 x 4.57 cm. Photograph © the artist and Radical Presence at Unit London

by Miranda Charalambous
Radical Presence shows at Unit London 147 – 149 Wardour Street, London W1F 8WD until July 27, 2016

Front page image: Mike Bouchet, History Lesson 1, 2014, oil on canvas, 210 x 150 cm. Photograph © the artist and Radical Presence at Unit London

The Rose Art Museum presents first Rosalyn Drexler retrospective

The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University’s first retrospective exhibition of work by the American artist Rosalyn Drexler opens next month. Curator-at-large Katy Siegel and Curatorial Assistant Caitlin Julia Rubin have collaborated to create a highly original exhibition which features pieces from Drexler’s wide multi-disciplinary portfolio.

Rosalyn Drexler, Self-Portrait, 1964. Beth Rudin DeWoody. © 2016 Rosalyn Drexler _ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and Garth Greenan Gallery, New YorkRosalyn Drexler, Self-Portrait, 1964. Beth Rudin DeWoody. © 2016 Rosalyn Drexler:
Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York

 

The title of the show – Who Does She Think She Is? – lends itself to the duality of Drexler’s works and character that both denounces and rejoices in American culture of the past 50 years.

Acclaimed as a screenplay writer and novelist as well as a prolific artist, Bronx-born Drexler has created pop-culture-inspired paintings and collages, socially engaged sculptures and award-winning plays and novels, and photographic and video documentation of the flamboyant performance aspects of her life and work, that reveal Drexler inner turmoil deriving from personal and social conflict augmented by political awareness.

 

Rosalyn Drexler, The Defenders, 1963. Courtesy the artist and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York. © 2016 Rosalyn Drexler _ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York-2Rosalyn Drexler, The Defenders, 1963. Courtesy the artist and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York.
© 2016 Rosalyn Drexler: Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York

 

Drexler’s pieces encompass her own identity, distinctive moments of which she was a vital figure as well as conveys her unapologetic attraction to sex and vulgarity. Rose Art Museum display follows her engaged work exploring feminist issues, race, violence and masculine power in post war America through to most recent creations.

Rosalyn Drexler, Love and Violence, 1965. Beth Rudin DeWoody. © 2016 Rosalyn Drexler _ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York
Rosalyn Drexler, Love and Violence, 1965. Beth Rudin DeWoody. © 2016 Rosalyn Drexler:
Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York

 Rosalyn Drexler lives and works in Newark, New Jersey.

by Magda Pirowska

Who Does She Think She Is? is at  The Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, 415 South Street, Waltham, MA and runs from February 12  – June 5, 2016, with an opening reception taking place on February 11, from 5 – 9pm.

Entrance to the museum is free and open to the public from Tues – Sun, noon – 5 PM, with extended hours from noon – 7 PM on Fridays and Saturdays

For more information, visit here or call 781-736-3434.

Front page image: Rosalyn Drexler, Climbing Out of a Painting Ain’t Easy, 2012. Courtesy the artist and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York. © 2016 Rosalyn Drexler : Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York

Essential Style: Interview with David Altow and Marco Tomasi of Strellson

 

Strellson SS3A Strellson look from their AW15 collection

SWISS brand Strellson has made a name for itself over the past 30 years for its elegant menswear. Founded in 1984, Strellson was created by former Hugo Boss owners Uwe and Jochen Holy. They had a vision to design stylish, structural menswear that was classic yet fashion forward. As the brand enters its fourth decade, it is undergoing healthy and interesting growth. In 2016, the brand plans to deepen its presence in the United States, including being newly stocked at Saks 5th Avenue at Tysons Galleria in Washington, DC.

We caught up with David Altow, Strellson’s Fashion Director, and Marco Tomasi, the Strellson Creative Director, during the opening event for this new location to get more insight into their creative inspiration.

Strellson SS4David Altow, Strellson’s Fashion Director

David Altow

What defines the Strellson brand? What sets a Strellson consumer apart from others?
Clarity. If we had to sum it all up in one word, it would be that one. From the cut of our suits, the air in Kreuzlingen on Lake Constance up to the way we work. Clarity is what we strive for, what we exemplify, in things both simple and complex. It is difficult to achieve, but it is no coincidence. It comes from values. From work. From attitude. We are Strellson. We come from Switzerland. We create fashion for men who go their own way.

The Strellson consumer is not so different from others. He insists on high quality garments that speak to his lifestyle. Clothes that he can “live” in whether formal or casual.

The world of menswear has evolved a lot – quite positively – over the past few years. What is your take on the current state of men’s fashion around the world? What further work is there still to do from an industry perspective?
Men’s fashion has attained a level of sophistication and functionality not seen in many years. Men, both young and old, are far more informed about fashion now compared to the past. Globally, men’s fashion designers and manufacturers are able to anticipate, assess and address the trends in their markets and, equally as important, the trends in foreign markets as well.

With the importance of ecommerce and social media I believe the industry as a whole needs to continue finding new, relevant ways to reach the consumer. Advertisements, now more than ever, must get the brand message across to the consumer clearly so the consumer immediately knows what the brand stands for and why it is right for that consumer’s lifestyle.

Strellson SS1A Strellson look from their AW15 collection

Washington, DC is very excited to have Strellson now so close. What is it about the DC market and the male shopper that works for the Strellson brand?
I had the pleasure of meeting many shoppers at the Saks Fifth Avenue Tyson’s II location in McLean, VA and each had different needs and wants when it comes to fashion. I consider them to be a good cross section of our target demographic in the DC, MD and VA market. Whether they are looking for casual apparel or want to step up their tailored wardrobe, Strellson was able to address their needs. Yes, the DC male shopper and market work for Strellson but, more importantly, Strellson works for them!

Who/what are your favorite designers or brands?
I admire many designers in different areas of fashion. I admire the way they create their signature looks and how innovation and continuity are so important to the DNA of their brands.

On a personal level, from whom do you take inspiration?
I have been fortunate to know and work with some very talented and inspirational people. Professionally, I am inspired by our Creative Director, Marco Tomasi. He has a very logical and meaningful way of designing and presenting fashion. Personally, I take inspiration from my family. How my children handle the challenges and triumphs of everyday life is enough to inspire anyone!

Strellson SS2Marco Tomasi, Strellson Creative Director,

Marco Tomasi

How you keep innovating the Strellson aesthetic? Is it a challenge to keep designs modern and a little edgy while still allowing for the functionality required from a man’s wardrobe?
Every season we start by focusing on the core of the Strellson brand and by putting it under close scrutiny. To us, continuity means evolution and innovation. It’s our duty to devote ourselves to the design and development of the future. To evoke a man’s need, he didn’t know he had in the first place.

This can be a balancing act, but our history has shown that many of those ideas, considered to be “over the edge”, are now an essential component of the Strellson collection.

What is the main vision behind the Strellson AW15 collection?
The Strellson collection for AW2015 is dedicated to the topic “Conjunction“. It stands for fashion being a unifying element in many areas of social development, and on the other hand, social development being an influential factor in fashion as well.

by Jessica Quillin

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Jane Freilicher and Jane Wilson: Seen and Unseen at the Parrish Art Museum

J&J SS2Grey Day, 1963 by Jane Freilicher 
Oil on canvas 24 x 32 inches
Parrish Art Museum,
Water Mill, NY, Gift of Larry Rivers

A NEW show by American artists Jane Freilicher and Jane Wilson: Seen and Unseen will open at the Parrish Art Museum Long Island’s East End later this year. Freilicher (1924–2014) and Wilson (1924–2015) abandoned the popular abstract expressionist art scene of the 1950s New York, where they came to prominence to “reinvent traditional landscape and still-life painting based on highly individual approaches to representation”.

The show is the first museum exhibition that examines the work of the two artists, who were close friends, from the beginnings of their careers in New York, who also lived and worked within a mile of one another for 50 years, near the Long Island hamlet of Water Mill. Both artists exhibited widely in the US and are collected by institutions such as Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art. The show explores the similarities and differences in the artists’ work.

Organised by theme, the exhibition also shows how the light and natural beauty of Long Island’s East End was a primary focus of, and major influence on the work of Freilicher and Wilson.

J&J SS1Jane Freilicher, The Lace Tablecloth, 1972 Oil on canvas 50 x 60 1/8 inches
Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, NY, gift of Eugenia Doll

Alicia Longwell, PhD., The Lewis B and Dorothy Cullman Chief Curator at the Parrish Art Museum, who organised the exhibition says, “At a time when abstract painting was thought to be the only valid, and valued, way to make art, these two artists began to look at the world around them in terms of how a painting could present a heightened reality and still deal in representational images—each conveying her own authentic response to the natural world.”

J&J SS4Jane Wilson  Trees at Mecox, 1958 Oil on linen
17 1/8 x 12 inches Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, N.Y., Gift of Jane Freilicher

The exhibition at the Parrish, spanning the full range of the artists’ explorations of landscape, still life, and portraits from the 1950s through 2007, reveals how each pushed the boundaries of traditional approaches to create highly individual accounts of the world around them. Jane Freilicher and Jane Wilson: Seen and Unseen features approximately 20 paintings by each artist as well as works on paper, plus portraits of the two women painted by Fairfield Porter and Alex Katz, and photographs by Wilson’s husband John Jonas Gruen, chronicling the women’s lives.

by Caroline Simpson

Seen and Unseen, On View is at the Parrish Art Museum 279 Montauk Hwy, Water Mill, NY 11976, United States
Tel: +1 631-283-2118 from October 25, 2015 until January 18, 2016

Jane Freilicher and Jane Wilson: Seen and Unseen  is made possible, in part, by The Robert D.L. Gardiner Foundation, Joseph and Sylvia Slifka Foundation, Mildred C. Brinn, DC Moore Gallery,  Mary and Howard S. Frank, The Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason Foundation, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, Mr. and Mrs. Richard E. Salomon, Lola Goldring and Family, Barbara and Jon Landau, Jen and James Marden, Patti and Mark Renton, Dr. and Mrs. Jeremiah A. Barondess, and a donor who wishes to remain anonymous. Public Funding provided by Suffolk County.

Dress Up Story: Vivienne Westwood exhibition opens in Savannah

Westwood exhibSSDress Up Story – 1990 Until Now at SCAD, Savannah, Georgia.

AN EXHIBITION  of work by British designer Vivienne Westwood Dress Up Story – 1990 Until Now, has opened at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia. The show is curated by André Leon Talley of American Vogue who is a SCAD  Trustee and a student mentor there.

Garments on display range from Dame Vivienne’s Spring/Summer ’91 collection Cut, Slash, and Pull up to present-day collections.  Dress Up Story features more than 33 garments designed in collaboration with her creative  partner and husband Andreas Kronthaler.

WestwoodSS7Garments on display at Dress Up Story – 1990 Until Now

As well as clothing, the  exhibition features accessories and fashion show footage that showcase Dame Vivienne’s innovative pattern-making, “instinctual use of fabrics and distinctive technique”. The exhibition also investigates her “masterful application of colour and features the unique fabric patterns and materials that capture both fashion culture and British history”.

Well-known as an political activist, Dame Vivienne’s work explores the issues of its time, ranging from her central role in the punk rock revolution in London and contemporary political movements such as  the anti-fracking, climate change and Occupy movements. “My clothes are more subversive than they’ve ever been,” says Dame Vivienne. “In a world of conformity, they offer a real choice.”

WestwoodSS2Embroidered jackets by Vivienne Westwood on show at Dress Up Story – 1990 Until Now

The exhibition organisers argue that her oeuvre remains a poignant representation of contemporary life, she skillfully deconstructs and arranges symbolic cultural elements into new and surprising creative designs.

Curator of the exhibition André Leon Talley took inspiration from an eccentric British celebration, describing the exhibition as “A post modern romp of a weekend party where the swells meet the activists, where the rogues go vogue, and the vogues go rogue.”

SCAD is based in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia, Hong Kong and in Lacoste, France. It’s courses can be accessed online through SCAD eLearning, the diverse student body consists of nearly 12,000 students from across the United States and more than 100 countries.

WestwoodSS3More looks at Dress Up Story – 1990 Until Now

Selections from the SCAD Museum of Ar’’s Earle W Newton collection of British and American paintings, hung salon style, create a backdrop for the garments.  Dame Vivienne said, “Our costumes are romantic and theatrical, inspired by history. We know the characters they belong to. Whoever chooses to wear them re-creates the clothes in her own image making them classics. She inhabits a parallel world – like this one but more ideal. Andreas and I have been designing for 25 years, living and working together. It’s our story. We always dress up.”

“The SCAD Museum of Art continues to deliver innovative and dynamic art experiences that inspire students and visitors of all ages,” said SCAD President and Founder Paula Wallace. “SCAD is honoured to celebrate Dame Vivienne’s illustrious work.”

WestwoodSS6Installation view of Dress Up Story – 1990 Until Now

The exhibition offers a insight into the creative process of one of fashion’s most provocative minds, offering a cross-section of Westwood’s history and major fashion accomplishments from the last 25 years.

Daily admission to the exhibition is free for all SCAD students, faculty, staff and museum members. The exhibition is open to the public with the cost of museum admission.

by Caroline Simpson

All images courtesy of SCAD

SCAD Museum of Art, 
601 Turner Blvd. 
Savannah, Georgia
The exhibition runs until September 13, 2015. For ticket information, please go here
A reception for Vivienne Westwood Exhibition: Dress Up Story – 1990 Until Now will be held on July 9, 5:30-7 p.m.