High Art and Home Furnishings

Textiles by Andy Warhol, Henri Matisse and Vorticist artists are to go on show, examining the interaction of home furnishings and high art.

Echarpe No. 1, Matisse
Echarpe No. 1, Matisse

Artist Textiles from Picasso to Warhol recalls a period in the 20th Century when art could be accessed by the general public for the first time, through the purchasing of clothing and home furnishings.

Belle Fleurs, Chagall
Belle Fleurs, Chagall

Raoul Dufy, one of the exhibition’s main attractions, was one of the pioneers of producing art on textiles. Dufy first moved into textiles work when he collaborated with French fashion designer Paul Poiret who saw art and fashion as inseparable.

Circus, John Rombola
Circus, John Rombola

Producing art on textiles was the first step towards democratising art, presenting the possibility of there being a masterpiece in every home.

Andy Warhol’s work represents this journey’s final destination. His Pop Art movement sought to erase the divide between high art and popular art and make art indistinct from consumer object.

Manhattan, Ruth Reeves
Manhattan, Ruth Reeves

Many artists lament the commercialisation of art that Pop Art ushered in; regardless, this development was a turning point in modern culture and has informed all artistic movements and debates since.

Work from a disparate selection of key artistic movements feature in the exhibition including Vorticism, Fauvism and Surrealism.

Spring Rain, Dali
Spring Rain, Dali

The exhibition will display over 200 rare patterns by some of the biggest names in art including Dali, Matisse and Moore.

Some pieces, such as work by Miro, Dufy and Picasso, have only recently been discovered and have never been on public display before.

Sun God, Padraig Macmiadhachain
Sun God, Padraig Macmiadhachain

The exhibition shows how artists adapted their styles to suit the medium and conversely how working on textiles revealed brought out new facets of their work. The pieces on display present textiles as a vital component of modern art. 

Artist Textiles from Picasso to Warhol runs from 31 January ­ 17 May 2014 at the Fashion and Textiles Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, London SE1.

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