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Eight Years of Textiles, History, Art, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

5.16.2011

Symphony in White

[Top row, from the left: Ralph Lauren lace dress, spring 2011 via Harper's Bazaar UK June 2011; my freshwater pearls on white denim; Drum-shaped bottle with decoration of rows of dots, Korean, Joseon dynasty (1392–1910); mid-15th century, Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, Treasure no. 1423, SL.9.2011.1.33, from Poetry in Clay: Korean Buncheong Ceramics from Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art

Second row, from the same exhibition: Flask-shaped bottle with peony decoration, Korean, Joseon dynasty (1392–1910); second half of the 15th century, Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, Treasure no. 1388, SL.9.2011.1.27; an upcoming release from the V & A, The Wedding Dress: 300 Years of Bridal Fashions; and my jasmine vine.]


I'm still making my way through Victoria Finlay's Color: A Natural History of the Palette and just finished reading about white. So here you have my visual mix-tape of blanc shades. But what I really want to highlight is The Met's new iPad app for Poetry in Clay: Korean Buncheong Ceramics from Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art.

I gave it a test drive and, considering that the app is free, was very pleasantly surprised by the breadth of information and array of images. One of the best features: multiple views of numerous objects. And I mean many more angles than would typically be seen in a traditional exhibition catalogue. Video of curator Soyoung Lee is also included. It's the next best thing to being in the galleries. Poetry in Clay  remains on view through August 2011.

Be on the lookout, too, for a new summer release from the Victoria & Albert's Textiles and Fashion department, The Wedding Dress: 300 Years of Bridal Fashions.


Further reading: Lace from the Victoria and Albert Museum and the V & A's book list. For fun, a video.

(Read my past post on the Korean ceramics exhibition here. More lace here, here and here.)


I receive no compensation of any kind from Apple for iPad mentions.

5 comments:

Emile de Bruijn said...

Those white Korean ceramics are stunning. I wonder whether they would have been used in colourful or in monochrome settings originally?

Style Court said...

Emile -

I'll take a look at some of the essays and see if I find an answer.

Interestingly, white slip is a unifying characteristic of these pieces but many are actually a very light grey-green -- a little suggestive of celedon.

Tokyo Jinja said...

Seems to me you needed her in this post too...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphony_in_White,_No._1:_The_White_Girl

Style Court said...

Jacqueline --

Finlay's section on white delves into Whistler's painting. I think you would like it.

Tokyo Jinja said...

From a previous post (the one on green maybe?) I had already added it to my summer reading list. Now it is a definite!