Art of the inbetween is the first costume institute show devoted to a single, living designer since its yves saint laurent exhibition in 1983. Rei kawakubocomme des garcons art of the inbetween. Art of the inbetween is the museums first monographic exhibition on a living designer since yves saint laurent in 1983. Rei kawakubocomme des garcons art of the inbetween by andrew bolton, 9781588396204, available at book depository with free delivery. Thanks heavens, then, for this celebration of the history and art of all her work to help fill in the gaps. Get premium, high resolution news photos at getty images. The alienating garments of rei kawakubo at the met. In kawakubos work, this inbetween space is revealed as an aesthetic sensibility, establishing an unsettling zone of oscillating. Rei kawakubocomme des garcons art of the inbetween, andrew. Reviewed by christina catherine martinez my fashion pedigree is wholly derived from childhood predilection for wrapping swaths of cloth and ribbon left over from my mothers sewing projects around my body in primitive, avantgardist arrangements. The sculptural clothes of rei kawakubo are the subject of this years spring exhibition by the costume institute at the metropolitan museum of art. Rei kawakubocomme des garcons art of the inbetween hardcover. Ecklund, the barnett and annalee newman foundation, agnes gund, russell cowles and josine peters, the hayes fund of hrk foundation, dorothy lichtenstein, the mahadh fund of hrk foundation, linda and lawrence perlman, goodale family foundation.
Pdf rei kawakubo comme des garcons art of the in between. Also convincing is the case he makes for picking the theme of the show, art of the inbetween, which forms a space inbetween the dichotomies such as fashionnot fashion, designnot design, highlow, and so on. Rei kawakubo would hate to be called a creative icon but there are few that will ever come close to her highly influential body of work. Existing within and between dualitieswhether selfother, objectsubject, or art fashionkawakubos work challenges the rigid divisions that have come to. Rei kawakubo is the hero every introvert needs man. Since her paris debut in 1981, she has blurred the divide between art and fashion and transformed customary notions of the body, beauty and identity. Rei kawakubo of comme des garcons is widely recognized as among the most important and influential designers of. This reveals itself as an aesthetic sensibility that establishes an unsettling zone of visual ambiguity and elusiveness.
I gained so much understanding of rei kawakubos outlook on life as well as her art. This lavishly illustrated publication, which is the companion book to the 2017 metropolitan museum costume institute show, seeks to explain kawakubos work something the reclusive designer has always refused to do. A revelatory look at the influential and enigmatic designer behind comme des garcons. Existing within and between dualitieswhether selfother, objectsubject, or artfashionkawakubos work challenges the rigid divisions that have come to.
Designs by rei kawakubo on display at the rei kawakubo comme des garcons. In highlighting the stark differences between his own designs and kawakubos, whose first paris show was characterized as hiroshima chic by shocked critics because of the critical jolt of. Art of the inbetween is on display at the museum from may 4september 4, 2017. Art of the inbetween, which opens may 4, is equal parts arresting and stunning. Art of the inbetween by andrew bolton free epubmobiebooks. It was the homestretch before the costume institutes spring show, rei kawakubocomme des garcons. Rei kawakubo by terry jones meet your next favorite book. Buy this exquisite coffee table book about the celebrated fashion designer, rei kawakubo the exhibition catalogue accompanying the met. Kawakubo has designed over decades for comme des garcons, the fashion label she founded in 1969, waited for their final installation. The acquisition and exhibition of works from the merce cunningham dance company archive is made possible by generous support from jay f. Rei kawakubocomme des garcons art of the inbetween by andrew bolton, 9781588396204, available at book depository with free delivery worldwide. Chief curator andrew bolton takes us inside the costume institutes rei kawakubo comme des garcons. Canonizing an outsider a boundary breaker is only the second living fashion designer to enjoy a monographic exhibition at the.
Rei kawakubo, the nearly silent oracle of fashion the. Art of the inbetween is a gorgeous book that offers a incredibly interesting view of a great visionary and feminist. Teddy bears were harmed in the making of this exhibit in a section called child adult, kawakubo inserts a stuffed. The book to accompany the exhibition, published by. Art of the inbetween, narrated by exhibition curator andrew bolton. Accordingly, the 240page book is minimal, arresting, and impossibly chic. Over the past 40 years, japanese designers have led the way in aligning fashion with art and ideology, as well as addressing identity and social politics through dress. It features new photography by nicholas alan cope, inez and vinoodh, katerina jebb, kazumi kurigami, ari marcopoulos, craig mcdean, brigitte niedermair, paolo roversi, and collier schorr. The biggest one is the coordinated talents of a large number of skilled artisans, the highestlevel practitioners of. Existing within and between dualitieswhether selfother, objectsubject, artfashionkawakubos work challenges the rigid divisions that have come to define received notions of identity and fashionability, inviting us to rethink fashion as a site of constant creation, recreation, and, ultimately, hybridity. Rei kawakubo comme des garcons art of the in between stylezeitgeist.
Art of the inbetween exhibition by steff yotk a may 1, 2017. Though there are many possible comparisons between kawakubo and the art world, there are obvious differences in the ways that fashion and art are carried out. Art of the in between exhibition by steff yotk a may 1, 2017. Kawakubo is the first living designer to have a solo exhibition at the mets costume institute since 1983. If you go to the met museums comme des garcons show, do not leave without buying the accompanying catalog. They dont reveal cleavage or show off svelte figures, nor do they follow trends. The great pantheon of fashion designers produces only a handful of creators who are masters of their metier. Kawakubos iconoclastic vision made her one of the most influential designers of the late 20th century. Kawakubos exhibition is a very rare occurrence for the met as well, with the only other monographic show of the costume institute on a living designer being the homage to yves saint laurent in 1983. Widely recognized among her contemporaries as the most important and influential designer of the past forty years, she has, since her paris debut in 1981, defined and transformed the aesthetics of our time.
Art of the inbetween, on view from may 4 through september 4, examines kawakubos fascination with interstitiality, or the space between boundaries. Her garments arent made to accentuate the curves of the human body. Art of the inbetween is a cerebral exhibition, serving as a surprisingly timely reminder of the need to embrace bodily differences and vulnerabilities. Few labels blur the boundaries between fashion and art as much as comme des garcons. Art of the inbetween, its on view through september 4, and presents 140 examples of kawakubos womenswear designs for the brand, dating from the early 1980s to her most recent collection. An analysis of her main projects and collaborations. All of this correctly marks kawakubo s work as dynamic and elusive to interpretation. Fashion is a source of inspiration, especially when the construction and concept exceeds the expectation of function.
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