It is hard to believe that the year is already coming to and. It has been an exciting year for the decorative arts and design with groundbreaking exhibitions (Alexander McQueen), auctions (Chateau Gourdon), and new art fairs (Pavilion of Art and Design New York). I am looking forward to see what 2012. But in the meantime we still have some exciting events happening this month…
“The Great Designers, Part One”, The Museum at FIT, November 29, 2011 – May 8, 2012. The Museum at FIT presents “The Great Designers, Part One”, the first of two consecutive exhibitions featuring masterpieces from the museum’s permanent collection of more than 50,000 garments and accessories. From Alaïa, Balenciaga, Chanel, and Dior to Westwood, Yeohlee, and Zoran, the exhibition will feature approximately 50 garments from many of the most important designers of the 20th and 21st centuries.
“Joaquín Sorolla and the Glory of Spanish Dress”, Queen Sofía Spanish Institute, December 8, 2011–March 10, 2012. A seminal exhibition analyzing the rich history of Spain’s regional clothing styles through the monumental paintings of Valencian artist Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida(1863–1923). The exhibition will feature more than ten paintings and over thirty rare examples of men’s and women’s clothing and accessories. The exhibition was conceived by Oscar de la Renta and curated by André Leon Talley, editor of Vogue’s monthly column “Life with André.”
“American Christmas Cards, 1900–1960”, the Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture (BGC), through December 31, 2011. This is the first exhibition to study the images on American Christmas cards of the twentieth century, and it serves as an introduction to a large artifactual and aesthetic field that until now has been largely unexplored. The exhibition and accompanying book argue the central premise that examining the images on Christmas cards used in the United States from the late nineteenth century to the end of the 1950s enriches our understanding of not only the American Christmas but also significant aspects of American culture
Christie’s Important 20th Century Decorative Art + Design and the Magnificent Tiffany Including Property from the Estate of Jeanne Laverne Dailey . Preview Dec 10-16, Auction: December 17, 10am (Magnificent Tiffany) & 2pm (Important 20th Century Decorative Art & Design)
Sotheby’s Important 20th Century Design and Important Tiffany. Preview: Dec 10-14 Auction: Dec 15.
Phillips de Pury Design and Design Masters Viewing Dec 7-13 Auction: Dec 13 + Dec 14.