[Image via Pendleton]
Shifting from English Dandies (see the V & A's Head of Research, Christopher Breward, midway through a video here) to Picasso wearing Pendleton, I came across this picture recently posted by the century-old American wool company. The riot of found objects and African sculpture in the background is very familiar but the artist's plaid shirt is less expected than his signature stripes. I love it, though. In fact, in December I'll probably be asking Santa for something by Pendleton, The Portland Collection, that new much-buzzed about label offering contemporary made-in-the-U.S. goods inspired by pieces from the woolen mills archives.
You've seen the wares all around this fall. Some favorite Pendleton pics, clockwise from the top left: 2009 centennial celebration ad by Bob Smith featuring the National Parks Blankets; virgin wool and cotton jacquard blanket currently at Atlanta's Lenox Square Anthro; Canyon De Chelly scarf and Sullana mini dress based on Pendleton's iconic Harding pattern, also from Anthro; the Pendleton Sunset Stripe Blanket is an Urban Outfitters exclusive favored by Betsy Burnham.
But back to Picasso, 2011 has been a great year to see the artist's major works in the Southeast with Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris on view at the VMFA this past spring, Modern Masters from the Ferguson Collection shown at the Gibbes over the summer, and now Picasso to Warhol at the High through April 29, 2012. For related art books under $20, check out the VMFA gift shop -- the softcover Picasso exhibition catalogue is on sale -- and this title at the High.
Related past posts: Oprah, Ralph, and Some Stripes (Navajo Blankets) and A Self-Portrait.
Update 8:04 p.m.
Scout Books has a bit of background on the 40s-inspired Pendleton poster. And the company recommends books on trade blankets here.