👡👡 SO TRUE SISTERS, FASHION CAN BE ART. THIS PAINTER IS REMINDING US THE SUMMER SEASON. SHE MADE THIS WORK AND MENTIONED THE GREAT CRISTÓBAL BALENCIAGA EIZAGUIRRE, AN SPANISH FASHION DESIGNER I ADORE.
‘Tanguera with Rose Tattoo’ © J.H.Hart ’16 Oil on canvas.
I saw two shows at the McCord Museum (http://www.musee-mccord.qc.ca/en/) yesterday. One was positively thrilling: it was the Balenciaga show with much borrowed from the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. The other show, on another floor, was ‘Marisa Portolese-In the Studio with Notman’, a response to the great William Notman (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Notman) collection of photographs archived at the McCord: much much less thrilling for reasons about which I will write.
Balenciaga worked with fabric, fashion, and the human body, but like many haut couturiers (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haute_couture) he was as much of an artist as was Picasso or Isamu Noguchi (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isamu_Noguchi). I think of haut couture as a type of sculpture. Like any other kind of high or fine art, it is tied to the needs of the historical moment in which it is created…
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