Art

Things to see: Disobedient Bodies



Disobedient Bodies Hepworth Wakefield gallery

Last week saw the opening of Disobedient Bodies at the Hepworth Wakefield Gallery in West Yorkshire. It’s curated by Jonathan Anderson (of J.W.Anderson and Loewe fame) and looks at the parallels in how fashion and art treat the human figure.

It sounds incredible, with pieces from the Hepworth Wakefield collection alongside iconic fashion examples from the likes of Christian Dior and Comme des Garcons. If you want a clue to how Anderson manages to juggle his many responsibilities, I can make a suggestion. Obsession seems to be the common thread to all his pursuits and I think that’s what keeps him going.

I spoke to him about this and his personal art collection in an interview for Sothebys.com. You can read it here.

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGE: Hepworth Wakefield Gallery
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Agnes b anti-fashion



Agnes B Styliste book
In fashion, most of the glory and column inches go to the avant-garde and the celebrity-courters. But what about those other labels that keep their heads down and keep the customers coming? Not easy to do, certainly not in this climate.

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about A.P.C. celebrating 30 years in business. This week it’s all about another French stalwart, Agnès b (who A.P.C’s Jean Touitou worked with for a while), whose cotton snap cardigans, boyish suits and other everyday vetements have kept the tills ringing since 1976. I frequently top up on my tees in the Marylebone and Covent Garden stores. The Brando tee gets a starring role in my book The New Garconne: How to be a Modern Gentlewoman and the 2-tone striped long sleeve tees have been a uniform staple since my early 20s.

But Agnès b is not solely about clothes. Agnès the woman is a huge culture champion, befriending artists, musicians and filmmakers and frequently collaborating with them. In her new book Styliste, she references her many artist friendships and unpicks the entire Agnès b journey, from her first shop in Paris, to her art gallery to her international ‘family’ of friends and staff, to her socio-political works with AIDS and eco charities.

Part memoir, part scrap book, Styliste is a visual delight, liberally scattered with handwritten notes that fans will recognize from her many graphics, posters and T-shirt designs over the years. Reading this book, you’ll realise that the ‘anti-fashion’ Agnès b look has permeated much of the style landscape of the last few decades. From Tarantino’s films, to David Bowie’s stage outfits, to the now-ubiquitous gender-neutral look, it transpires we all have a little bit of Agnes b in us.

Agnes B Styliste book
Agnes B Styliste book
Agnes B Styliste bookAgnes B Styliste book

Buy the Agnès b Styliste book here (£30)

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MAIN IMAGE: Top, Agnes b; Sunglasses, Cutler & Gross
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Quote of the day: Thomas Demand



Thomas Demand quote

“Art is not a clear identifiable message; it is not a given or­der such as “sit,” “stand,” or “look at me.” I don’t like to make work that tells you how it should be read. Art should be ambivalent, somehow. I don’t try to be a pamphlet.” (more…)



Jenny Holzer at Blenheim Palace



Jenny Holzer Tshirt - the Jenny Holzer Blenheim Palace exhibition opens in September 2017
“The work always engages with the present moment, yet has a proverbial timelessness about it. I am confident that Jenny will rise to the challenge of showing at Blenheim which – let’s face it – is not your typical white cube.” (more…)