Join us on an exclusive private guided tour of Gray M.C.A’s Styled by Design Modern Artist Textiles exhibition

Saturday, 29 April 2023

Join us on an exclusive private guided tour of Gray M.C.A’s Styled by Design Modern Artist Textiles exhibition

Members of the Costume Society are invited to an exclusive guided tour of the exhibition Styled by Design: Modern Artist Textiles at Gray M.C.A. an outstanding exhibition of framed 20th Century Modernist Textiles, bringing together a collection of rare and limited edition works by renowned artists Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Elizabeth Frink, Patrick Heron and more. The exhibition celebrates the Modernist view that ‘a good textile was the equal of a good painting’.

From the mid-20th Century, the leading giants of modern art worked with influential textile manufacturers to produce exclusive and limited edition textiles with the aim of transporting Contemporary art into the home as never before. Ascher Ltd and Edinburgh Weavers led Post War Britain into a world of colour and vitality by bringing modernism into the home and on to the street.  Textile powerhouses Arthur Sanderson and David Whitehead swiftly followed, capturing the public and media’s attention in an innovative, multi-disciplinary fashion, leaving a legacy that holds vast significance to the fine art and textile industries to this day.

Diverse fabrics such as silk, rayon, wool, linen and cotton provided a new medium for Modern artists, allowing them to experiment with creating vivid textures and colours that brought both new life and a new audience to their work.

The historically significant exhibition will celebrate Modern Artist Textiles as a vital creative pillar in the story of Modern and Contemporary Art and examines significant textiles designed by the great modern masters of the 20th Century.

Hosted on Saturday 29th April from 11am – 12pm by curator and textile expert Ashley, Gray M.C.A, Cromwell Place, London, please book your ticket via Eventbrite and we can’t wait to see you there. This event is for Costume Society members only, to become a member please see our relevant website pages.

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