The Textile Museum of Canada announces the sole Canadian presentation of Artist Textiles: From Picasso to Warhol May 2 to October 4, 2015

From a media release:

The Textile Museum of Canada announces the sole Canadian presentation of Artist Textiles: From Picasso to Warhol
May 2 to October 4, 2015

·  The exhibition traces the history of 20th century art in textiles with rare and recently discovered examples from leading art movements: Fauvism, Cubism, Constructivism, Abstraction, and Pop Art
·  Artists featured include Pablo Picasso, Raoul Dufy, Salvador Dali, Henri Matisse, Sonia Delaunay, Henry Moore, Fernand Leìger, Barbara Hepworth, Joan Miroì, Andy Warhol, Alexander Calder
·  Feature 40th anniversary program: Blake Gopnik on Andy Warhol and the Art of Textiles, June 3, 2015 (see bottom of post)

TORONTO - The Textile Museum of Canada is pleased to debut  Artist Textiles: From Picasso to Warhol from May 2 to October 4, 2015. This major summer exhibition offers a fascinating overview of textile design by some of the world’s most celebrated artists including Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Sonia Delaunay, Henri Matisse, Henry Moore, Andy Warhol and Alexander Calder. With over 200 printed works on fabric, fashion and accessories – many on public display for the first time – Artist Textiles represents art movements such as Fauvism, Cubism, Constructivism, Modernism, Surrealism and Pop Art, as well as the work of leading fashion designers and textile manufacturers.

Highlighting the artists’ use of textiles as a medium for combining art and mass production, the exhibition shines new light on creative practice across the twentieth century in Europe and North America. “Artist Textiles tells us so much about the breadth of artists’ intention and imagination, even for those we think we know quite well,” says TMC Executive Director Shauna McCabe. “That names such as Picasso, Matisse and Warhol produced such sophisticated, commercially viable designs for use in everyday life suggests that their professional worlds were much more varied than one might expect. Clearly, the intersection of art and design has consistently engaged artists – modern to conceptual to contemporary.”

This major exhibition of works on fabric by leading artists begins in the 1910s with designs by English painter Wyndham Lewis, although it was Fauvist painter Raoul Dufy who became the first 20th-century artist to become seriously and successfully involved in producing textile designs. It was after the Second World War that artist textiles would flourish, produced by a new wave of leading artists with conceptual and Pop sensibilities. In 1950s New York, Fuller Fabrics worked with Picasso, along with Joan Miró, Fernand Léger and Marc Chagall, to produce affordable “art by the yard.” This post-war enthusiasm provided the perfect conditions the following decade for the thriving design culture of 1960s London with personalities such as British textile designer, fashion icon and artist Zandra Rhodes, also known as the “Princess of Punk.”

Artist Textiles: From Picasso to Warhol is circulated by the Fashion and Textile Museum, London, UK and is on view at the TMC May 2 – October 4, 2015. The Textile Museum of Canada is located in downtown Toronto (55 Centre Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5G 2H5) and is open daily 11-5 pm, Wed 11-8 pm.  

Artist Textiles is organised and circulated by the Fashion and Textile Museum, London, UK
Exhibition opening times: Daily 11 am to 5 pm; Wednesday 11 am to 8 pm. Ticket prices: $15 adults, discounted admission for students, seniors and families
The Textile Museum of Canada is located in downtown Toronto at 55 Centre Avenue (main intersection: Dundas St. and University Ave.). For further information about the TMC and its activities visit
Exhibition is accompanied by the book Artists' Textiles 1945-1976 by Geoffrey Rayner, Richard Chamberlain and Annamarie Stapleton

TMC 40TH Anniversary Lecture and Dinner with Blake Gopnik
Andy Warhol and the Art of Textiles
Wednesday June 3, 2015 at 6 pm
Victoria University (University of Toronto)

New York-based art historian and critic Dr. Blake Gopnik, at work on the first comprehensive biography of Andy Warhol for HarperCollins, will discuss the place that textiles had in the artist's works, life and career. The world of fabrics was central to Andy Warhol. From the beginning of his career, he knew textiles, collected them, was influenced by them, and even designed them. Textiles were an integral part of his lifelong exploration of the intersections of craft and art, high and low culture, masculine and feminine, the handmade and the mechanical, as well as art and commerce. Long-time art critic of the Globe and Mail, The Washington Post and Newsweek, Gopnik is now critic-at-large at Artnet News and a frequent contributor to the New York Times. Both the lecture as well as the private reception and dinner with Blake Gopnik that follows will take place at Victoria University, at the University of Toronto.

Northrop Frye Hall (Room NF003), Victoria University (at University of Toronto)
73 Queen's Park Crescent, Toronto

Lecture $20 (Members & Students) $25 (General)
Lecture & Reception/Dinner with Blake Gopnik $250

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