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Looking Ahead: Delaunay Show to Open March 2011

[Tissu simultané no. 186 
Designed by Sonia Delaunay (French, born Russia, 1885–1979)
France, 1926 Block-printed cotton. Musée de l’Impression sur Étoffes, Mulhouse, 980.549.17 
© L & M SERVICES B.V. The Hague 20100623.]

Yesterday's post was about the artist behind the textile, so I feel compelled to follow up with another Delaunay show sneak peek. Color Moves: Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay, the first major U.S. exhibition of the abstract painter’s work in 30 years, is opening at the Cooper-Hewitt March 18, 2011.  The vivid and rhythmic example of her 1920s work, above, grabbed my attention because it happens to be block-printed cotton. Also, work from this decade is a key focus of the show.

One of the goals of the exhibition is to introduce U.S. audiences to the full scope of Delaunay's career with an emphasis on her lesser known designs for fashion and textiles. Two major periods will be explored: According to the Cooper-Hewitt, the first large gallery will highlight the 1920s, when she had her own Atelier Simultané in Paris, and the second section of the show will cover the 1930s, when Delaunay designed textiles for Metz & Co, a fashionable department store in Amsterdam.

Toshiko Mori is designing the exhibition, which has been organized by Susan Brown, assistant curator, and Matilda McQuaid, deputy curatorial director. It should be an especially lively show for spring, but for those unable to view it in person, a catalog detailing more than 300 works -- paintings, textiles, bathing suits, coats and photographs gathered from institutions including Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris, and the Bibliotheque Nationale de France -- will be available.


Hill Country House Girl said...

Amazing.Thank you for the information. I have loved her work for years and years, but had sort of "lost" it - so glad for the news to get me re-educated.

Style Court said...


Oh terrific -- hope you can see the show!

Susan Adler Sobol said...

So many of the wonderful shows/exhibits that you post about have limited engagements. I do forward many of your posts to friends who either live in or are traveling to cities where some of these exhibits are. I will be in NYC in the spring and I'm excited to put this show on my 'to do' list. Your post has renewed my interest in Delauney's work -- I have a book about her -- somewhere -- doesn't seem to be surfacing at the moment. Thank you!

Style Court said...

Hi Susan --

In this past post designer Seema Krish shared a fave Delaunay book -- maybe this will help:

quintessence said...

I am so looking forward to this exhibit but first the Van Cleef!! My sister is in the decorative arts masters program at the Cooper Hewitt so I get to hear about all these fabulous upcoming exhibits early on.

Style Court said...

Stacey -- I know you will love the jewelry! My eye went to the Egyptomania part.

permanent magenta said...

Oooh Thanks for the heads up!! I would love to see more of her work, such a wonderful and interesting artist.

Janet said...

I can't wait for the Delaunay show. It will be a breath of warm air, after this crazy winter. Ahhh, distracted by textiles.