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


Anticipating: Color Moves

[Design 1044
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.

 [Detail view.]

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.


Karena said...

Now that would be very exciting!!

Art by Karena

Emile de Bruijn said...

Fabulous design, could be totally now, as if channeling the 'foliage green' camouflage look. And the organic feel reminds me of Yayoi Kusama.

Blue said...

Pleasant suprise seeing the lables - I used to live on the Keizersgracht diagonal to the Amsterdam Metz & Co. That building had a Rietveld cupula on top of it - complete contrast to the Beaux Art architechture on which it stood.

Style Court said...

Blue --

Thank you for appreciating the label! I thought some might find me odd for focusing on that. Your personal input is much appreciated too. Fascinating.

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Emile --

I'm off to Google :)

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Karena --

I think you will enjoy this exhibition.

Modern Country Lady said...

Such a great designer, I love that era.
Funny to see that old- fashioned Dutch, with "afdeeling " with two "e"'s - typically 1920's 1930's -and the word " Magazijnen " which is not used anymore in The Netherlands - too old-fashioned-yup, they have got themselves -at least judging from the label, a proper piece of history.
And the design still works- would not mind having something with that pattern...

Janet said...

I can't wait!!! I think is going to be a very revealing exhibition. . .

quintessence said...

I also can't wait for this exhibit. The Cooper Hewitt is doing wonderful things - my sister is in the master's program there and loving it!! Sonia Delaunay was certainly a woman ahead of her time!!

Style Court said...

Q --

How cool. Your sister must be loving it!

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Janet --

I'm so curious about the catalogue too. Maybe some revelations in the essays?

Modern Country Lady --

Interesting. I didn't know about the spelling.

Amanda Talley said...

LOVE the colors and patterns...great find!