Sonia Delaunay's Living Pictures, Art on the Page

University of Melbourne Special Collections

Event Date: 
20 September 2017
Author / Presenters: 
Noel Shaw Gallery

Join Dr Anthony White for a presentation on Sonia Delaunay’s Living Pictures: art, fashion and poetry in the French Avante-Garde as part of the exhibition, Art on the Page. The Ukranian-born artist Sonia Delaunay (1885–1979) was a pioneer of the Parisian avant-garde. With her vivid geometric designs she aimed to break down the distinctions between fine art, applied art and literature as well as the boundary between art and life itself. This talk focuses on her co-authored book "Tableau-vivants" (or Living Pictures) which documents her extravagantly colored and designed dresses that made art come alive on the body of the wearer.

Dr Anthony White is a Senior Lecturer in Art History at the University of Melbourne. His most recent book, authored with Grace McQuilten, is titled "Art as Enterprise: Economic and Social Engagement in Contemporary Art" and was published in 2016 with IB Tauris.

Art on the Page showcases the astonishing, little-known book illustration work of a number of the world’s finest artists including Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Antoni Tàpies, Marc Chagall, David Hockney and Joan Miró. Their original woodcuts, lithographs, etchings, tableaux and engravings—of the type normally found on the gallery wall—accompany the work of revered writers including Vladimir Mayakovsky, James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, Emily Brontë and Guillaume Apollinaire.

Leigh Scott Room, Level 1 Baillieu Library The University of Melbourne Parkville
20 September 12:00-1:00pm

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