[Legends of La Cienega window display at Pat McGann designed by Peter Dunham. Photo by Savage Winn via Elle Decor.]
When I come across them, I save examples of pictures -- framed or unframed, loose sketches, paintings or photographs -- set against patterned walls. This weekend I finally added to my files another one: last month's Matisse-inspired, Peter Dunham-designed vignette for Legends of La Cienega, the special benefit that raised over $24,000 for The Art of Elysium. This nonprofit group harnesses the talents of working musicians, artists, and actors to provide creative programming for kids coping with serious medical conditions.
[Dunham's Sheba linen.]
Many of you already know that, in keeping with Elysium's spirit, a host of acclaimed L.A.-based designers created displays -- blissful spaces -- inspired by their favorite artists. With Dunham's own new African-inspired textiles in the mix, I had no trouble seeing his Matisse connection.
[Henri Cartier-Bresson's image from Matisse, His Art and His Textiles with Matisse in the foreground and his collected Kuba cloth in the background on his bedroom wall, Vence, 1943-44.]
Seems like I just posted this image with news of the major African textiles exhibitions happening in 2011. But that was around New Year's Day.
Weaving Abstraction: Kuba Textiles and the Woven Art of Central Africa opens in a few months (mid-October) at The Textile Museum, kicking off with the Washington, D.C. institution's annual weekend symposium. If you are an undergraduate or graduate student hoping to attend, ten scholarships are available. The deadline is right around the corner -- July 1, 2011. Click here for details.
BTW: Matisse is headed to Atlanta this fall (same week, actually) with the High's' next big show, Picasso to Warhol, October 15, 2011 - April 29, 2012.
[From the top: Lee Krasner with nieces and nephew in her parents' garden in Huntington, Long Island, circa 1934-36 from Gail Levin's Lee Krasner: A Biography; a Krasner serigraph promoting an exhibition in 1974; Jennifer Ament's butterfly print; kantha pillow from Jayson Home.]
See also: Summer Mood I.