[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.