Artist Textiles: From Picasso to Warhol, Exhibition in Toronto, Canada
At the beginning of May in Textile Museum of Canada in Toronto was opened an excellent exhibition Artist Textiles: From Picasso to Warhol. This major international exhibition offering a fascinating overview of 20th-century textile designs from some of the the world’s most renowned artists. Through pattern design and industrially manufactured textiles made for the mass market, artists found ways to make their work less elitist and more accessible to broader audiences. Before arrived in Toronto, the textiles were exhibited in London (UK), Tilburg (The Netherlands) and Lowell (USA).
More than 200 works on fabric trace the history of art in textiles, with examples from key European and American art movements including Fauvism, Cubism, Constructivism, Modernism, Surrealism and Pop Art as well as the work of leading fashion designers and manufacturers. Featuring work by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Raoul Dufy, Salvador Dalí, Henri Matisse, Sonia Delaunay, Marc Chagall, Henry Moore, Fernand Léger, Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, Joan Miró, Andy Warhol and Alexander Calder, most of these rare pieces have not been on public display before.
The exhibition highlights a unique creative medium for artists over the last century. At the height of the separation of the art and life in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, textile design offered an effective way to challenge boundaries.
This exhibition sheds new light on artistic practice in Europe and North America, as breakthrough works of many renowned artists brought about a wider appreciation of textile design as a medium for artistic expression, revolutionizing textile design and production. Artist Textiles: From Picasso to Warhol and the accompanying exhibition catalogue were organised by the Fashion and Textile Museum, London, UK.
The exhibition date: May 2, 2015 – Oct 4, 2015
Textile Museum of Canada
55 Centre Avenue (Dundas St. W & University Ave., St. Patrick subway)