Love is Enough: William Morris and Andy Warhol

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery | 25 April – 6 September 2015

Admission: Standard entry £7

Jeremy Deller celebrates two groundbreaking artists, drawing parallels between their inspiration, politics and aesthetics.

Andy Warhol, Dame Elizabeth Taylor, 1967 © 2014 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and DACS, London.

Andy Warhol, Dame Elizabeth Taylor, 1967
© 2014 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and DACS, London.

It may seem an unlikely pairing, but Morris and Warhol have rather a lot in common, according to Jeremy Deller. In this unorthodox show the artist presents a new reading into the work of two of his greatest inspirations, displaying prints, tapestries, publications and sketches from throughout their respective careers.

Hugely influential in their own lifetime, both Morris and Warhol began their creative ventures in commercial sectors, before redefining the role of the artist in relation to wider society. Morris was a passionate advocate for social change, strongly believing that the labour and beauty of art could revolutionise the social structure in Britain. He used his textile company to produce stunning designs that embodied the ethos of the Arts and Crafts movement, harking back to form of mediaeval romanticism.

Warhol’s own political agenda is often overlooked in the general perception of his work, and is well known for his obssession with the idea of the icon, especially in terms of Hollywood stardom. His incredible influence over the merging of fame, media and high art can still be felt today, but his concept of ‘Commonism’ – in which the banal and everyday is celebrated and art is available and equal to all – is sometimes not fully contemplated.

This exhibition encompasses four areas that show the artists’ shared inspiration, methodologies and aesthetics: ‘Camelot’, ‘Hopes and Fears in Art’, ‘A Factory it Might Be’ and ‘Flower Power’. Infamous Warhol prints such as Flowers are mounted onto classic Morris wallpaper, allowing for new and exciting readings into the works that have never been seen before.  – Art Fund

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Mon – Thu, 10am – 5pm
Fri, 10.30am – 5pm
Sat – Sun, 10am – 5pm

Women Fashion Power

Design Museum |29 Oct 2014 – 26 Apr 2015

Admission: Standard entry £13

From Naomi Campbell to Pearl Lam, Viviene Westwood to the mayor of Paris, exploring how influential women have used fashion to build reputation and assert authority.

 

Dame Vivienne Westwood, designer Photograph © Christian Shambenait

Dame Vivienne Westwood, designer
Photograph © Christian Shambenait

Peering into the wardrobes of the world’s power-dressing women, this exhibition –​ devised by award-winning architect Zaha Hadid – explores fashion as a marker of status. Thankfully it isn’t all shoulder pads and tailored suits; the diverse choice of subjects showcase wide-ranging sartorial style. Zandra Rhodes’ outlandish outfits are counterbalanced by the demure designs favoured by Margaret Thatcher. Meanwhile, extravagantly stylish pieces worn by the likes of Naomi Campbell prove that being ambitious no longer means a dress code that’s androgynous.

Although the show encompasses 150 years of women’s fashion history, it’s the contemporary examples that are likely to draw the most interest. Twenty of today’s leading female figures were asked to contribute one of their own outfits for display, and in accompanying interviews they elaborate on their personal style philosophy. Ranging from politicians to princesses, the 20 participants include Liberty director Shami Chakrabarti, Serpetine Galleries’ Julia Peyton-Jones, Newsnight presenter Kirsty Wark, the lead vocalist of Skunk Anansie and HSH Charlène of Monaco. – Art Fund

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