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Matisse The Cut-Outs


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Cut Out and Keep – New Eyes for Art

Lydia Delectorskaya and Matisse at Hotel Regina, Nice c.1952  Cover of the Tate Modern exhibition booklet

Lydia Delectorskaya and Matisse at Hotel Regina, Nice c.1952
Cover of the Tate Modern exhibition booklet

I’m always surprised when I mention an artist like Matisse and someone has not heard of them. I’m probably so absorbed in my own little creative world that I don’t realise that others are not so interested or have not been exposed to such delights.

If you, like a friend of mine, have not heard of Matisse, 2014 is your opportunity to find out about him.

The Cut-Outs is Tate Modern exhibition filled with huge works that Matisse created in the last seventeen years of his life (He lived from 1869-1954).

You’ll see a video of him cutting the paper with his huge pair of scissors. You will be amazed that he cut three out of his four blue nudes in one single movement/cut from one single sheet of blue painted paper.
Blue Nude II

Blue Nude II 1952

Blue Nude III 1952

Blue Nude III 1952

There is a table with swatches of all the colours that he painted the paper with – such beautiful colours. Seeing the brush strokes first hand and close up is not something I expected from his Cut-Outs nor was it something I thought that I would find so exciting and interesting. In books I guess I presumed the paper was already that colour (not painted by Matisse).

I was stunned by the size of some of his work – you really do not get a sense of this from pictures of his work in books.

Due to his limited mobility in these later years of his life he turned to this paper cutting technique. It was totally new and fresh and to me it feels as though someone could have been displaying these pieces as current new art works.

Matisse’s lack of mobility and declining strength seemed to only increase his ambition and scale of his cut-outs. He decorated the walls in his house with his cut-outs. Creating a natural world inside that he could no longer be part of outside.

The Parakeet and the Mermaid 1952

The Parakeet and the Mermaid 1952

Whether you know Matisse from his earlier works or you do not know him at all, this is a beautiful must see for all.

Henri Matisee: The Cut-Outs finishes on the 7th September 2014 – lots of time left!

Visit this extraordinary 14 room, 130 works of art (you get your money’s worth!) exhibition at the Tate Modern in London.  Consider this exhibition your art education for 2014.

Adults £18.00

Concessions £16.00

Under 12’s Free

To beat the crowds pay £30 to see the exhibition on a Sunday Late evening: 20.00- 22.30

Please don’t forget to book all your tickets. It is a very popular exhibition and the day I had booked tickets for, completely sold out.

 

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Current and Upcoming Fashion Exhibitions Around the World in 2014

A list of inspirational fashion, art, textiles and clothing exhibitions for 2014 (London, NYC and Paris)

On NOW:

LONDON:

Fashion Rules Exhibition (till July 4th 2015) – Royal gowns on display at Kensington Palace

Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol (31st Jan – 17th May 2014) The Fashion and Textiles Museum in London traces the history of 20th Century art in textiles. A great exhibit – read about my visit here.

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk (9th April 2014 – 17th Aug 2014)

I really enjoyed this exhibition and the cocktail bar! Read more…image

The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014 (5th April – 27th July 2014) – The craftsmanship and luxurious materials should make this a lovely exhibit.

Wedding Dress 1755-2014 (3rd May 2014 – 15th March 2015) – If you are interested in bridal wear and the way key designers have treated this subject.

 

PARIS:

A Century of Fashion Photography at Conde Nast (March 1st – May 25th 2014) – The Palais Galliera Museum of Fashion: A photography exhibition with 15 couture items from the Palais Galliera collections

Les Impressionnistes de Prive  The Marmottan Monet Museum (Feb 13th – July 6th 2014) (opening hours Tues – Sun 10am – 6pm, Thursdays till 8pm)

NYC:

Charles James: Beyond Fashion – MET Museum (8th May – 10th Aug 2014) – The Costume Institute in NYC will explore the designs of the Anglo-American designer Charles James.

Gauguin: MetamorphosisMoMA Museum(March 8th – June 9th 2014) – Focuses on Gauguin’s prints and transfer drawings.


 

UPCOMING Exhibitions:

LONDON

Horst: Photographer of Style – V & A (6th Sept 2014 – 4th Jan 2015) – A retrospective of Horst’s work (photography)

Colour (18th June-7th September 2014) – National Gallery: Each room of this exhibition will be dedicated to a different colour. Trace the history of colour in art.

Rembrandt The Final Years (15th Oct 2014 – 18th Jan 2015) – Bringing together 100 works from museums across the world – showing is creative work in the final years of his life.

NYC

Exposed: A History of Lingerie – The Museum at FIT (June 3rd – November 15th 2014)

Dance and Fashion – The Museum at FIT (Sept 13th 2014 – Jan 3rd 2015)

PARIS

Fashion in France 1947-57 – The Palais Galliera Museum of Fashion (July 12th -Nov 2nd 2014)

 

 


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Time To Fill Your Fashion Cups

If you have an evening spare or more to the point – make sure you have an evening free.

Not far from the London’s city banking area is the Barbican. A huge grey sprawling range of buildings holds a great mix of gems inside.

At the moment it holds a huge amazing exhibition of Jean Paul Gaultier’s beautiful, striking, clever and witty fashion. Open Sunday – weds 10am-6pm, Thurs-Sat 10am-9pm. (perfect for a bank holiday – open 12pm-8pm!)

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Kerry meets Jean Paul Gaultier!!

The exhibit’s layout and displays reflect his personality and design asethetics. The mannequins have projected faces onto them – sometimes they sing or just blink! You even get Jean Paul Gaultier welcoming you to the exhibit!

Look in to my eyes

A wall of film and tv clips that JPG clothes have featured in.

It was so great to see it in real life. His works have been in so many different films, programmes and magazines. The wall of screens reminds you of some of the film moments.

One of favs

One of my most favorite dresses of all time.

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Enjoying myself – what a gorgeous picture!

It was so nice to see some of my favorite dresses on display. They were even better than when I’ve seen them in magazines. The detail and couture work is amazing; all the beads, sequins and detailed cuts.

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Wear your best pointy bra or sailor t-shirt and head to the JPG bar. Polish off the evening with a lovely cocktail. The cocktails have all been given names on the JPG theme. I loved the lamps and I think I might do some DIY and create one or two at home! Makes for a nice Thursday or Friday night after work drink – open 5.30pm-10pm (sat-wed 5.30-9pm)
Bar

Relaxing in the bar!

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Soft landing

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Fill your cups!


The exhibition finishes 25th August 2014 and might just quench your fashion thirst until the McQueen exhibit roles into town until next year!

Fashion and Textiles Museum Artist Textiles exhibition


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Friday Fashion Inspiration Exploration

I eventually found the time to go to the Fashion and Textile Museum current exhibition ‘Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol’ on Friday!

It actually turned out to be very relevant time for me as I’m currently working on some print designs.

I wanted to share some of my favorites from the exhibition with you but not all – you really need to go see for yourself!! It’s on until 17th May so you have plenty of time still !! There is so many lovely prints to see and a big variety of styles as well – it is hard to pick favorites!

Follow the Print Design Trends:

The exhibition starts between 1910 and 1939 with work by Fauvist, Fururist and Constructivist artists who became involved in textile design.

It then moves on to the 1940s ‘Brave new world’ textile designs – following the 2nd World War where they focused on creating exports to boost the British economy.

In the 1940s the Surrealism movement starts and you see work by Dali – one of the most popular and fashionable.

Henry Matisse: 'Echarpe No 1' 1947

Henry Matisse: ‘Echarpe No 1’ 1947

 

 

 

Marcel Vertes: 'Vegetable Patch' Screen-printed silk head scarf 1944

Marcel Vertes: ‘Vegetable Patch’ Screen-printed silk head scarf 1944

 

 

 

 

We then move onto the 1950s and this has several different styles going on. Many artists were involved into print design from Miro to Henry Moore. The exhibition ends on some wonderful prints by Warhol.

Andy Warhol: 'Ice Cream Sundaes' Screen Printed cotton fashion textiles 1962

Andy Warhol: ‘Ice Cream Sundaes’ Screen Printed cotton fashion textiles 1962

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’ve never been to the Fashion and Textiles Museum you’ll be pleasantly surprised by it. With reasonable entry prices, interesting display layouts and a cute little cafe – it’s hard to beat. Oh yea and it’s a 5 min walk from London Bridge: perfect if you work that end of town and you fancy some culture post work.


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Networking in Galleries – a great conversation starter

The other evening I tried a new networking group. I chose to go to this meeting as it was in the Whitechapel Gallery, to see a preview evening of the new exhibition on show Hannah Hoch. (click on the link for a great little video talk about the artist)

Felt a bit guilty as I like to try all galleries out – especially in the location I live, and I’d never been to the Whitechapel Gallery before!

I also had never heard of Hannah Hoch before. Hannah Hoch worked in collage and spliced together fashion magazines and journals.  Considering the fact she used fashion magazines/images in such a creative way, it is strange that I had not been introduced to her work in College or University.

Hoch’s work spanned 60 years from 1910 to the 1970s. It was an impressive body of work they showed and it is the first major exhibition of her work in the UK.

Such an interesting woman whose work has a humor and also a commentary on the world around her. She challenges stereotypes  in her works but also asks questions about society during times of huge change in the world.

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Living in Berlin during its many periods of change from being part of the Dada movement and challenging the worlds perceptions through her art works to surviving as an artist through the Second World War.

I would definitely recommend this as an exhibition to go see. It’s on until the 23rd March – still lots of time! (They do late evening openings on Thursdays)

Article from Brian Dillon on the Guardian website

A small bio on Hoch

Fashion and Textiles Museum Artist Textiles exhibition


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Current and Upcoming Fashion Exhibitions in Bath, London, NYC and Paris

An updated list of inspirational fashion, textiles and clothing exhibitions for 2014 (Bath, London, NYC and Paris).

I’ve also added in some art exhibits that sound good. The fashion exhibits listed are a mix of fashion photography as well as fashion garments. Lots of things happening in 2014 – it’s going to be a busy year!

On NOW:

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Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol (31st Jan – 17th May 2014) The Fashion and Textiles Museum in London traces the history of 20th Century art in textiles. Looks like it is going to be a particularly colourful and interesting exhibit.

The Sunflowers (25th Jan- 27th April) The National Gallery: See all three of Van Goughs Sunflower paintings together and delve deeper into the paintings with results of scientific research on display as well. (I was excited to find out about this!)

The Georgians (25th Jan 2014 – 1st Jan 2015) The propriety of dress in the Georgian period on show at the Bath Museum of Costume.

17th Century Gloves – Whilst your in Bath Museum of Costume – pop in and see the exhibition of rare 17th Century gloves.

Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore (20th Nov 2013 – 2nd March 2014) Somerset House hosts an exhibition celebrating Isabella’s life and wardrobe

Club to Catwalk London Fashion in the 1980s (still on till 16th Feb 2014)

Fashion Rules Exhibition (till July 4th 2015) – Royal gowns on display at Kensington Palace

The Novel of a Wardrobe – on in Paris until March 16th 2014

“Trend-ology” (Until April 30th 2014) The Museum at FIT (NYC) exhibits a range of fashion pieces offering some insight into where trends originate from.

Upcoming Exhibitions:

Bailey’s Stardust (Feb 6th-1st June) National Portrait Gallery – All fashion images picked and printed by David Bailey.

Elegance in the age of Crisis: Fashions of the 1930s (Feb 7th – April 19th 2014) The Museum at FIT (NYC) continues to produce interesting exhibits and I’m looking forward to this one. As always the exhibits are free which is really great in a city filled with pay to enter museums.

A Century of Fashion Photography at Conde Nast (March 1st – May 25th 2014) – The Palais Galliera Museum of Fashion: A photography exhibition with 15 couture items from the Palais Galliera collections

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk (9th April 2014 – 17th Aug 2014) – Yay!!

The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014 (5th April – 27th July 2014) – At the V & A: The craftsmanship and luxurious materials should make this a lovely exhibit.

The Great War in Costume (17thJuly- end August) The Bath Museum of Costume will show a special exhibition with pieces from Downton Abbey as a centre piece! Exciting news for all those Downton fans out there.

Henri Matisse The Cut-Outs (17th April – 7th September 2014) – Tate Modern exhibits the great Matisse cut-out works – I love the bold shapes and colours and this will be the first exhibit at Tate Modern I’ve seen in a long while. Nothing they’ve been doing has grabbed my attention in a while. Maybe I will book for the quieter restricted viewing on the Sunday late evenings 20:00-22:30.

Wedding Dress 1755-2014 (3rd May 2014 – 15th March 2015) – If you are interested in bridal wear and the way key designers have treated this subject.

Colour (18th June-7th September 2014) – National Gallery: Each room of this exhibition will be dedicated to a different colour. Trace the history of colour in art.

Charles James: Beyond Fashion – MET Museum (8th May – 10th Aug 2014) – The Costume Institute in NYC will explore the designs of the Anglo-American designer Charles James.

Horst: Photographer of Style (6th Sept 2014 – 4th Jan 2015) – A retrospective of Horst’s work (photography)

Rembrandt The Final Years (15th Oct 2014 – 18th Jan 2015) – Bringing together 100 works from museums across the world – showing is creative work in the final years of his life.


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Current and Upcoming Fashion Exhibitions in London, NYC and Paris

An updated list of inspirational fashion and clothing exhibitions for 2014 (London, NYC and Paris)

On NOW:

Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore (20th Nov 2013 – 2nd March 2014) Somerset House hosts an exhibition celebrating Isabella’s life and wardrobe (I’m definitely going to this one!)

Club to Catwalk London Fashion in the 1980s (still on till 16th Feb 2014)

Fashion Rules Exhibition (till July 4th 2015) – Royal gowns on display at Kensington Palace

Alaia – Still on in Paris until 26th January 2014

The Novel of a Wardrobe – on in Paris until March 16th 2014

“Trend-ology” (Until April 30th 2014) The Museum at FIT (NYC) exhibits a range of fashion pieces offering some insight into where trends originate from.

Upcoming Exhibitions:

Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol (31st Jan – 17th May 2014) The Fashion and Textiles Museum in London traces the history of 20th Century art in textiles. Looks like it is going to be a particularly colourful and interesting exhibit.

Elegance in the age of Crisis: Fashions of the 1930s (Feb 7th – April 19th 2014) The Museum at FIT (NYC) continues to produce interesting exhibits and I’m looking forward to this one. As always the exhibits are free which is really great in a city filled with pay to enter museums.

A Century of Fashion Photography at Conde Nast (March 1st – May 25th 2014) – The Palais Galliera Museum of Fashion: A photography exhibition with 15 couture items from the Palais Galliera collections

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk (9th April 2014 – 17th Aug 2014) – Yay!!

The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014 (5th April – 27th July 2014) – The craftsmanship and luxurious materials should make this a lovely exhibit.

Wedding Dress 1755-2014 (3rd May 2014 – 15th March 2015) – If you are interested in bridal wear and the way key designers have treated this subject.

Charles James: Beyond Fashion – MET Museum (8th May – 10th Aug 2014) – The Costume Institute in NYC will explore the designs of the Anglo-American designer Charles James.

Horst: Photographer of Style (6th Sept 2014 – 4th Jan 2015) – A retrospective of Horst’s work (photography)