There’s only one drawback when The Met allows photography at one of their fashion exhibits, and that is that I have way too many great photos to choose from, and simply cannot distill the show down to a single blog post. So, it’s extremely fortunate — for me, for you — that Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology, which has been up since May, was extended to September 5th, 2016, or I’d once again be scrambling to throw something together a day before the show ends.
Just to get you up to speed, the Costume Institute’s spring 2016 exhibition explores how fashion designers are reconciling the handmade and the machine-made in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear. With more than 170 ensembles dating from the early 20th century to the present, the exhibition addresses the founding of the haute couture in the 19th century, when the sewing machine was invented, and the emergence of a distinction between the hand (manus) and the machine (machina) at the onset of mass production. Manus x Machina explores this ongoing dichotomy, in which hand and machine are presented as discordant tools in the creative process, and questions the relationship and distinction between haute couture and ready-to-wear.
I managed to cull ten favorite images — plus one bonus image — for this post. Enjoy!
Various Designs in Sequined and Metallic Finishes
(Left) Boué Soeurs, Court Presentation Ensemble, 1928. (Right) Designs by Alexander McQueen
Hussein Chalayan, Floating Dress
Feathered Cape and Dress By Alexander McQueen
Designs by Alexander McQueen and Iris van Herpen
Pleated Skirts by House of Dior
Miyake Design Studio
Designs by Mariano Fortuny
Designs by Madame Gres (Alix Barton, Rear) and Iris van Herpen (Front)
Designs by Commes De Garçons
And here’s your bonus image:
Don’t you want to go right now? Better hurry, you’ve got about three more weeks!
Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology, will be on Exhibit at The Met Fifth Avenue in Galleries 955, 961–962 and 964–965 Through September 5th, 2016!
Hot Pink Zebra Stencils Guard the Doors of the Metropolitan Pavilion for the Affordable Art Fair! (All Photos By Gail)
One of the best places in NYC to see and buy new art, the Affordable Art Fair, kicked off this past Wednesday with a private preview and continues through Sunday, April 3rd at the Metropolitan Pavilion.
The Pink Level Refers to Art on the Second Floor
I always have a good time at the fair and I love seeing so much diverse contemporary art — from galleries all across the globe — under one roof. The gallerists are super friendly and I always run into friends. It’s a good time! Since it’s virtually impossible to distill this event due to its massive scope and overall diversity of the art, I decided to do what I did last year, which is to recap by featuring my favorite pink works of art also (including purple and red, just because) to give you an idea of what you’ll see at the Affordable Art Fair, and what the prices are like.
Bubble Girl Neon By David Zalben
I love the way the bright pink neon extends beyond the background in this sassy piece from La Lanta Fine Art, based in Bangkok, Thailand.
Brooklyn Purple By Lars Tunebo
You gotta love a Pink Elephant taking a walk on the Brooklyn Bridge! Spotted in the booth for Ronen Art Gallery , which is based in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Bite Me By “Gumshoe” Angela China
Eloquen Art Company’s booth included fun works by NYC based realist ‘Gumshoe’ painter, Angela China!
Cherry By Giorgio Laveri
This unique sculpture — a pair of oversize, ripe cherries — was created from ceramic and gold, and was found in the booth for Placenza, Italy-based Palma Arte.
Osos (Pink) By dEMO
The Madrid-based artist know as dEMO is famous for his playful Bear sculptures of all sizes — some are as tall as a building! He is represented by Soraya Cartategui Gallery, also based in Spain.
Remembrance Wall Light (1 of 2) by Wonsil Kim
Korean-born artist/sculptor Wonsil Kim created a pair light fixtures that he calls the Remembrance Wall Light. I snapped a photo of the one with a pale pink finish, but there is also one in a complementary shade of blue. The glass of each lamp depicts a scene of people playing volleyball on the beach, as bright yellow tennis balls wiz by at high speed! Very beautiful, and nostalgic, even! The top of each light features a pair of white feathers poking upward that somewhat emulates a pair of wings. Here’s another view of this lovely work, which I saw in the booth manned by Park Fine Art in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Price: $600 Each (sold as a pair with one Pink and one Blue Lamp)
Sound by Roh Jae-soon
These Lips are actually an oil painting and not a photograph! Roh Jae-soon explores aspects of communication by painting lips. He is represented by Lilac Gallery here in NYC.
Strawberry Bubblegum by Pedro Bonnin
Joanne Artman Gallery (based in Laguna Beach, CA) always brings along a selection of fun, whimsical artworks for their booth, including the hyper-realist paintings of Pedro Bonnin.
Cocoon by Moriello
From further away you can see this is a pixelated representation of a woman’s face, embedded with a pink neon heart. Very Modern! Courtesy of Arteria Gallery in Bromont, Canada.
Azoar Rose Violet by Nathalie Cohen
Here’s a gorgeous piece of kinetic art that we saw in the booth for Galerie Envie d’Art,located in Paris.
Heidler & Heeps, Vinyl Collection
London’s Bleach Box Gallery is one we look forward to visiting each year. Here are two works, by photographer duo Heidler & Heeps (Richard Heeps and Natasha Heidler), both of which are Silver-C prints dry mounted onto aluminum. Their colorful and contemporary work is priced to own!
Price: $215 (for Vinyl Collection, above)
Heidler & Heeps, Stamp Collection, Liberty
The Affordable Art Fair Runs Through April 3rd, 2016 at The Metropolitan Pavilion, Located at 125 West 18th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues) in Manhattan. Visit This Link For More Information!