Designed by Sonia Delaunay (French, born Russia, 1885–1979) France, 1930–31. Printed cotton georgette. Private collection © L & M SERVICES B.V. The Hague 20100623
Photo: © private collection.]
Color Moves: Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay, the first major U.S. exhibition of the artist’s work in 30 years, is opening at the Cooper-Hewitt March 18, 2011. In anticipation of the show, I thought it would be fun to sporadically post sneak peeks and other Delaunay-related tidbits. Following up on my September mention, here is an example of the artist’s 1930s textile designs for Metz & Co department store in Amsterdam.
Passionate about bringing innovative art into everyday life, Delaunay focused on the interplay between fabrics and contemporary art during the 1920s through the 1940s. And while her design work is probably less familiar to U.S. audiences than her vibrant abstract paintings, this exhibition may change perceptions. Cooper-Hewitt visitors will see more than 300 gathered works chosen to demonstrate how she experimented with movement and color in fashion and textiles, too.