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


Rooted in the Ancient

[Peter Fasano's Cupar]
Suggesting Kuba cloth with its abstracted pattern, this hand-screened linen from Massachusetts-based textile designer Peter Fasano is offered in a variety of luscious colors as well as earthy neutrals more reminiscent of traditional African woven-raffia textiles. It's my nod to an upcoming Romare Bearden exhibition -- although the fabric doesn't exactly look like any work in the show.

[Romare Bearden Calypso's Sacred Grove. Collage, 1977. Via the Smithsonian.]

Fans of the 20th century American master will soon be flocking to the Carlos Museum. Making its way here is the traveling exhibition, Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey, that features the artist's complete 1977 series of 20 collages inspired by Homer's epic poem. Also on view will be related work from the 60s and 40s such as drawings based on Homer’s other epic, The Iliad. The included pieces are narrative and figurative, but throughout his career Bearden synthesized diverse techniques and styles encompassing Cubism, abstraction, and an African aesthetic, hence my pairing.


Things That Inspire said...

Peter Fasano fabric is always beautiful, but this design particularly catches my eye. I also love his wife's fabric line. I am blanking on the name right now, but am seriously thinking about using one of the designs as the color and fabric inspiration for a sitting room.

- Holly

Style Court said...

Hey Holly! It's Elizabeth Hamilton. Your sitting room plan sounds great -- Courtney