FashionSense and Artist Editions, Works on Couture

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Anonymous, Red Dress, circa 1937 © Courtesy of Stephen Cohen Gallery
FashionSense and Artist Editions, Works on Couture

7354 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036
March 10th, 2011 - April 23rd, 2011

west hollywood/b.h.
Tue-Sat 11-6; ,and by appointment
fashion, installation


In celebration of Los Angeles Fashion Week, Stephen Cohen Gallery is pleased to announce FashionSense, a group exhibition of photographs highlighting a spectrum of 20th Century fashion styles and photographic processes. The exhibition will also serve as a back-drop for Artist Editions: Works on Couture, an installation by fashion designer Mary Jo Matsumoto, on view from Thursday, March 17 through Saturday, March 26.  There will be a reception for Artist Editions, with the designer and artists attending on Thursday, March 17, from 6 to 9 p.m.


The exhibition will highlight some of the most important names in fashion working from the 1920s to the present, and will include photographs ranging from traditional silver prints to long-extinct color processes, such as the color carbro and the Vivex print.  The exhibition will showcase portraits of designers and other tastemakers in the fashion industry, along with a select number of images taken by the photographers whose own work brought many provocative designs to an attentive, and ever-expanding public.  Artists will include Horst P. Horst, Edward Steichen, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Lillian Bassman, Arthur Elgort, and Dennis Hopper.


Artist Editions, Works on Couture
Employing state-of-the-art technology to fuse contemporary art with intricate high fashion, Matsumoto used the work of five contemporary artists to create five couture looks. As she describes, “We’re living in a time of convergence, where many mediums are overlapping and merging with contemporary art and creating new results. How do you categorize a photograph of a painting printed on fabric and sewn into a couture design?”  This exhibition will showcase the creative relationship between art and fashion.  A limited number of pieces will be available through the gallery and on-line

Mayra Barraza is a MOLAA Award winning El Salvadorian artist, who has shown her work at the The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, the Museo del Barrio of New York, and major Latin American museums such as ISTMO Contemporary in Nicaragua, the Museum of art in El Salvador, as well as galleries worldwide. Myra’s work deals with political violence and fragility.

The Clayton Brothers are known for their fluorescent storytelling and exaggerated scle. They have shown their work at Art Basel Miami and have an upcoming show at Saatchi Gallery in London where famed collector Charles Saatchi feels that they are part of a handful of artists with the talent to transform the world’s art scene. They recently had a solo exhibition at The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, dedicated to their work from the last ten years.

Orly Cogan addresses the roles of women and their desires by contrasting dainty embroidery and connotations of submissive femininity with subversive content. Her work has been shown at the Brooklyn Museum, The Jersey City Museum of Art, The Riverside Museum of Art in California, The Hudson River Museum in New York and many other galleries.

Priscilla Monge, one of the most accomplished contemporary artist out of Costa Rica, is known for her work dealing with issues of power and themes of love, aggression and child abuse. Monge’s work is part of the permanent collections of the Tate Gallery in London, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Seville, and Museum of Fine Arts in Taipei. Her pieces have also been shown at major museums in Costa Rica, Mexico, Belgium, and Spain and have shown in many other venues including MoMA PS1, New York, Art Basel Miami, and La Biennale di Venezia.

Alex Weinstein captures the ethereal nature of the Californian surf culture and ocean landscape in his painting. His work has been exhibited at Laguna Art Museum, the Orange County Museum of Contemporary Art, a recent solo exhibition in Marfa, Texas, and venues in Australia, Brazil, Tokyo, Paris, London, and Cornwall.