Art News: The Golden Age of Couture in Nashville & Raymond Pettibon Exhibit in Brussels

2 Jun


The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947–1957 is an exhibition that transports visitors to the most glamorous fashion houses of Paris and London in the years after WWII. This exhibition was organized by the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) in London, which possesses one of the finest costume collections in the world.

The exhibition celebrates an important decade in fashion history that began with the launch of Christian Dior’s famous New Look in 1947 and ended with his death in 1957. The romantic postwar silhouette pioneered by Dior scandalized and delighted the public, and ushered in a period of remarkable creativity. Dior himself called it a “golden age” for haute couture. He and his contemporaries set a standard for impeccable workmanship and design that has rarely been surpassed since.

In addition to Dior, the exhibition highlights the work of such luminary Paris designers as Cristóbal Balenciaga, Hubert de Givenchy, and Pierre Balmain and celebrated London designers including Hardy Amies, Charles Creed, and Norman Hartnell. Included are examples of daywear, cocktail dresses, and evening gowns designed for royalty and aristocracy. The exhibit open June 18 and runs through September 12, 2010 at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, TN.


Now through July 10, 2010 Raymond Pettibone’s work will be on exhibit at the Gladstone Gallery in Brussels.

Long recognized for his singular works combining text and figuration, Pettibon merges disparate elements of American iconography, re-inscribing strange and often obscured meanings into normative narrative structures reminiscent of comic strips and advertising. Emerging from the Southern California punk culture, where he was closely associated with the legendary band, Black Flag, Pettibon’s works on paper, wall drawings and films, capture the underlying forces that dominate and determine the conditions of the American psyche.

Pettibon’s work has been the subject of numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the U.S. and abroad, including the Whitney Biennial, Louisiana Museum of Art, Denmark, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, The Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Pettibon was the recpient of the 2004 Whitney Biennial Bucksbaum award and the 2010 Oskar Kokoschka Prize. Pettibon currently lives and works in Hermosa Beach, California.

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