Making and Unmaking
'This is an exhibition which, in all senses, interlaces ideas, eras and influences to create a rich and stimulating mix. Rather like Olowu’s own creations, it revels in exuberant abundance, but reins in any unruliness with a keen eye and a sharp intellect' - Telegraph
From Bauhaus jewellery and West African textiles to contemporary portraiture and sculpture, this companion book an exhibition curated by the ground-breaking fashion designer Duro Olowu at Camden Arts Centre in London explores the rituals of making that underpin an artist’s work.
Olowu selects material by over 50 artists, including rarely seen works by Anni Albers, Wangechi Mutu, Alice Neel, Chris Ofili and Irving Penn, as well as newer paintings by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.
By setting up unexpected dialogues between historic and contemporary artists working in a myriad of media – textile, painting, sculpture, photography and collage – Olowu reveals a shared preoccupation with themes of gender, race, beauty, sexuality and the body.
The volume includes an in-depth conversation between Olowu and Glenn Ligon, and texts by Jennifer Higgie and Shanay Jhaveri, which together highlight the intricate layers of history and place that influence the making of art.
- Authors: Jennifer Higgie, Shanay Jhaveri and Duro Olowu
- Paperback: 112 pages
- Date published: June 2016
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-1909932272
- Dimensions: 23.0 x 16.5 cm