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Alive with Color & Rhythm – Color Moves: Art & Fashion by Sonia Delaunay

Posted by the editors on Saturday, 19 March 2011

Rythme, 1938, by Sonia Delaunay

image: Wikipedia

The Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum (2 East 91st Street, Manhattan; (212) 849-8400) exhibition entitled “Color Moves: Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay” (18 March-5 June 2011) is a wonderful opportunity to admire, and be moved by, the beautiful, dynamic work of the artist Sonia Delaunay (1885-1979).

According to the Cooper-Hewitt:

Known primarily as an abstract painter and colorist, Sonia Delaunay applied her talents and theories to all areas of visual expression, including graphics, interiors, theater and film, fashion and textiles. A trademark of Delaunay’s work is the sense of movement and rhythm created by the simultaneous contrasts of certain colors. This exhibition will focus on fashion designs from her own Atelier Simultané in Paris during the 1920s, as well as textiles designed for the Metz & Co. department store in Amsterdam in the 1930s. On view will be examples of designs, textiles, garments and photographs from the Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris, the Musée de l’Impression sur Etoffes in Mulhouse, the Bibliotheque Nationale de France and private collections around Europe and the United States.

Roberta Smith has written a fascinating, color-packed, and upbeat article entitled “Swatches Illuminate a Painter’s Other Art” in the Art & Design section of The New York Times looking at the Cooper-Hewitt exhibition as well as Delaunay’s life.  Delaunay, herself, said, “I have lived my art,” and how full of life her art is.

The always-interesting design blog, Design Milk, has a short article, with an abundance of wonderful images, on the exhibition, here.

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