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Styled by Design, fine art textiles from Henry Moore, Vivienne Westwood and more at Gallery 8

Exhibition preview

STYLED by Design, a new exhibition of framed 20th Century textiles, will reveal a varied collection of rare and limited edition printed textiles imagined by Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, William Scott, Alexander Calder, Pablo Picasso, John Piper, Zandra Rhodes and many more in London this October.

Presented by Gray M.C.A at Mayfair’s Gallery 8 from October 3 to October 7, 2017, this historically significant exhibition will celebrate the revolutionary relationship between the Modern artists and textile manufacturers of the 20th Century post-war period and will additionally feature a number of designers and textile artists working in the same tradition today.

Diverse fabrics such as silk, rayon, woven wool and cotton provided a new medium for Modern artists, allowing them to experiment with producing vivid textures and colours that brought both new life and a new audience to their work.

In Styled by Design, visitors will be able to compare Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson’s 1940s silkscreen designs for Ascher Ltd, which hold the same subtle delicate beauty as any watercolour, with Alan Reynolds and William Scott’s bold 1950s and 60s jacquard woven cotton designs for Edinburgh Weavers that carry all the intensity of rich oil paintings.

These dynamic textiles were only ever produced in short runs or limited editions and are much sought after by collectors.

From the mid-20th Century onwards, these eminent artists worked with influential textile manufacturers to produce exclusive and limited edition textiles with the aim of bringing Contemporary art into the home as never before. Ascher Ltd and Edinburgh Weavers developed these artistic partnerships to bring their businesses in a new dynamic direction.

Textile powerhouses such as Arthur Sanderson and David Whitehead swiftly followed and captured the public and media’s attention in an innovative, multi-disciplinary fashion, leaving a legacy that holds significance to the fine art and textile industries to this day.

Ashley Gray of Gray M.C.A and curator of Styled by Design said:

“As prices for Modern British Art spiral ever higher, collectors, curators and lovers of Modern Art have woken up to the rarity, beauty and historical importance of the textile work of the modern masters. These rare and powerful works underline the innovative genius of both the artists and the textile producers of the post-war era. Textile departments of leading art schools are increasingly echoing the creative vision pioneered by the modern masters of textile design. Styled by Design celebrates both the modern and the new; when it comes to artist textiles, what is modern has never been more contemporary.”

Prices range from £500 to £15,000 for a framed limited edition textile.

Styled by Design will also feature an original print on art paper of Zandra Rhodes’s historic 1970s Ayers Rock Print alongside the original textile from the private collection of Dame Zandra Rhodes.

Image: Patrick Heron, Tate Gallery 1979, Silk Scarf Square, 87 × 87 cm.

Opening Times: Daily from 10am to 6.30pm.

Gray M.C.A at Gallery 8, 8 Duke Street St James’s, London, SW1Y 6BN