Join us for a lecture and reception with Dr. Elizabeth Legge as she explores the way leading artists of the 20th-century tried their hand at design, and the ways that the art of painting on canvas happily embraced the bolt of cloth. Chair of the Department of Art at the University of Toronto, Elizabeth Legge has written extensively on contemporary and modern art. A graduate of the Courtauld Institute at the University of London, she has been guest speaker for numerous cultural and educational organizations including the Tate Modern, the University of Amsterdam, and Johns Hopkins University.
Currently on view at the Textile Museum of Canada, Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol is major international exhibition offering a fascinating overview of 20th-century textile designs from some of the the world’s most renowned artists. More than 200 works on fabric trace the history of art in textiles, with examples from key European and American art movements including Fauvism, Cubism, Constructivism, Modernism, Surrealism and Pop Art as well as the work of leading fashion designers and manufacturers. Featuring work by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Raoul Dufy, Salvador Dalí, Henri Matisse, Sonia Delaunay, Marc Chagall, Henry Moore, Fernand Léger, Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, Joan Miró, Andy Warhol and Alexander Calder, most of these rare pieces have not been on public display before.