How ART influences FASHION

And it’s such a drip….figuratively speaking, because I’m talking about Jackson Pollock in this post.

Photographed by Cecil Beaton, Vogue, March 1951
Photographed by Cecil Beaton, Vogue, March 1951

 A survey of Pollock’s works is at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) covering early experiments with primal themes and loosely figurative forms from the years 1934 to 1954.  The exhibition also features the highly recognizable drip paintings which made him famous the world over.

These drippings have caught on with fashion designers big time who have been inspired by them and have incorporated Pollock-print paint splatterings on everything from sneakers to ball gowns.

While designers have referenced many artists over the years, there are few so synonymous with Pollock’s style.

Maison Margiela’s popular “Pollock” sneaker Photo: Courtesy of Maison Margiela
Maison Margiela’s popular “Pollock” sneaker
Photo: Courtesy of Maison Margiela

Perhaps the first fashion world adoption of Pollock’s art came in a 1951 issue of Vogue (in photo above), where a model showed off the season’s chicest gowns standing in front of a Pollock painting on view at the Betty Parsons Gallery.

Since then, his signature splashes have infiltrated the runways in many forms. The most unmatched tribute to Pollock’s art, however, came courtesy of Alexander McQueen, who positioned model Shalom Harlow in the center of paint-shooting robots that streaked her ivory gown black and acid green as she rotated on a platform.

Alexander McQueen Spring 1999 Photo: Courtesy of Alexander McQueen
Alexander McQueen Spring 1999
Photo: Courtesy of Alexander McQueen

Now that’s making a statement!

“Jackson Pollock: A Collection Survey, 1934-1954” is on view at the Museum of Modern Art until Sunday, May 1, 2016.

Seen & Surreal – The Mystery of the Ordinary

Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist.” – René Magritte

MoMa’s “Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary.” On view from September 28th through January 12, 2014 takes a fresh look at early works by Belgian master René Magritte.  The exhibit features more than 80 paintings, collages, and objects made between 1926 and 1938.  If you live in or plan to visit New York during that time you can prepare to be perplexed by images such as ‘lovers kissing through gauzy masks’ & other intriguing pieces.

Magritte
Magritte
The son of a man
The son of a man

But surrealisly, how do you feel about Surrealism as an art form?  I remember seeing an exhibit on Surrealism at the Guggenheim many years ago that made me think “what was the artist thinking?” There has to be a story behind it (at least somewhat) but the dreamlike paintings were nonetheless beautiful works of art.  The mystery can be left up to the observer and it can represent many things to many people which is the true beauty of ART.

American artist Jeff  Koons (who owns several Magrittes) explains that Surrealism was the very first art movement that he really responded to and he feels that Surrealism makes people go inward – to dive into the muck and understand themselves – and then return outward with a new sense of self-acceptance.  He says “Art brings you in contact with feeling.  When you see a Magritte, you feel something; you have an experience that can be very, very strong.  He’s very poetic.  One of the beautiful things about his work is that it’s really made for the viewer to participate in.  It’s about creating a shared experience for you to experience this sensation.”(This as told to Lindsay Talbot).

It is what it is....what is it?
It is what it is….what is it then?

Similar to a good author or poet, you want to be drawn in and taken away to somewhere that’s anywhere but here…even if just for a little while.