Emotion, Discovery and Illusion: Between Art and Fashion.

28 Jan 2016 – 28 Feb 2016

National Academy Museum & School

New York
New York, United States


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Emotion, Discovery and Illusion: Between Art and Fashion is an exhibition examining the forms, colors and shapes that influence and thus synthesize the worlds of fashion and art.


Visual artists of the National Academy School explore the relationship between these two creative pursuits, through pieces by designers from the early 19th century to today, including Christian Dior, Issey Miyake, and Hermès. Antique gowns, oriental robes, ecclesiastical dresses, hats and shoes are among the number of classical and contemporary pieces.

A number of the designer pieces on display are in active dialogue with the work of the visual artist. Others serve as companion pieces, possessing aspects of parallel construction. For some of the artists, the focus is texture, for others the concentration is the composition, and a few play on mass and volume. This unique panorama of creativity, underlined by a movement of repeated advance and retreat, challenge ideas and concepts carried on by both media and material.

Observe how different starting points lead to similar results or to newfound aims. This environment creates an aura of metaphors and symbols. The viewer becomes a sightseer in a land with many conduits and destinations, underlined by emotion, discovery and illusion.

Participants in the exhibition: 
Michelle Bratsafolis
Kathryn Cameron
Robert Chabora
Sandra Constantine
Pamela Dove
Helen Esberg
Marisa Esteban
Peggy Flaum
Paloma Garcia
Michele Rave Grassani
Yuko Horiguchi
Melanie Hulse
Youngmi Kim
Betsy Lawrence
Hazel Manheimer
Sean McGraw
Tess  O’Dwyer
Aya Ogasawara
Yasuaki Okamoto
Marianna Olinger
Jan Pecarka
Michiko Sellars
Nancy Shapiro
Mariana Soares Da Silva
Judie Swanson
Sarah Tse
Yuko Uchida
Teresa Waterman

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