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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


Cracking the Books

Yes, I've been waiting for an excuse to pair Patrick Cline's photo of Betsy Burnham in her Dries Van Noten dress (Lonny, issue three) with the bold antique robe on the cover of the Textile Museum's latest publication. Available for pre-order starting today, the massive exhibition catalogue, Colors of the Oasis: Central Asian Ikats, is scheduled to be in stock by September 15th. I think I'm most looking forward to the 108 double page spread plates, the abundance of historic photographs, and the essays from textile world rock stars, Susan Meller, Sumru Belger Krody, Kate Fitz Gibbon and Andrew Hale, along with others.

[Cover image via Red Room.]

Meller's name might be familiar to a broader range of readers. The commercial archive she founded, The Design Library, is in my resource sidebar because it is one of the world's largest assemblages of documentary textiles. And some of her books are accompanied by DVDs or CDs with royalty and copyright-free images.

More on the big ikat show here. The exhibition opens to the public on October 16th, and the catalouge is offered at two price points: $110 for the hardcover; $55 for the softcover.

[Anne Gary Pannell Art Gallery at Sweet Briar College via the SBC website.]

I also wanted to throw something collegiate into the mix. Eagle-eyed shoppers browsing the Grant Gibson sale last week may have caught a glimpse of UVA architecture in his collection of photographs. Another beautiful campus in Virginia belongs to Sweet Briar. Many of SBC's buildings were designed by Ralph Adams Cram (1863 - 1942) and the school is home to an impressive permanent art collection encompassing works by George Braque, Miriam Schapiro, and Sally Mann, just to name three. Unbuilt Sweet Briar, an exhibition of architectural models, sketches, and blueprints showing early plans for the heart of the campus will be on view winter 2011. Striking 21st century views of the campus taken by an architectural historian can be see here.

Update: 9.10.2010

Looks like we'll have to wait a little longer. The catalogues are now expected to be released October 1st, two weeks after the originally scheduled date.


The Peak of Chic said...

Thank you for the heads up on the catalogue. I'm tempted to purchase the hardcover :)

Style Court said...


Me too!