Styled by Design is 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. 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.
Russian artist Olga Nikich also takes part in this exhibition and comes up with her interpretation of the Soviet design/ Revolutionary theme in her famous kerchief with the Tractorist woman — the artist’s tribute to the centenary of the October revolution and the theme of liberation of Soviet women. It is probably a good sign that a Russian artist was invited to exhibit along with some greatest artists of the 20th century during the Frieze week.