New London Exhibition Fetes Fine Art Textiles by Picasso, Calder + Vivienne Westwood

Pablo Picasso, Congres des Peuples Pour la Paix


If tapestry is your thing, the medieval and Renaissance periods could keep you busy for months, just traipsing through the exalted museums of Western Europe. But if afternoons spent perusing the Palazzo Pitti and Gruuthusemusem are not quite your idea of cultural exhilaration, consider fast-forwarding several centuries to Gray M.C.A‘s fascinating upcoming exhibition on post-war textile arts.

And indeed, this October 3-7 – at London’s Gallery 8 – the fashion illustration specialists will present Styled by Design, an eye-opening survey of works-on-fabric by modernist giants the likes of Henry Moore, Alexander Calder, Barbara Hepworth and Pablo Picasso, as well as fashion designers including Vivienne Westwood and Zandra Rhodes. Woven wools, cottons, rayons, silks are all as vivid as watercolors or oils, and also tell the story of how art began its dynamic, if sometimes edgy relationship with modern industry.

“Lovers of modern art have woken up to the rarity, beauty and historical importance of the textile work of the modern masters,” explains curator Ashley Gray. “These rare and powerful works underline the innovative genius of both the artists and the textile producers of the post-war era.”

The gallery is located in Mayfair, so do plan to book into Chris Corbin and Jeremy King’s super chic Beaumont Hotel nearby, and make a weekend of it.


Barbara Hepworth, Landscape Sculpture 1947


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