On Display : Color Moves – The Art of Sonia Delaunay

Ukranian born Jewish French artist, textile and fashion designer Sonia Delaunay at the art studio of her husband Robert Delaunay 1924.Rythme Coloré  a abstract oil on Canvas by Ukranian born, French Orphic-Cubism artist Sonia Delaunay.A fashion rendering by French abstract artist and textile designer Sonia Delaunay.Tissu Simultané. A block printed silk designed by Ukranian born French abstract artist and textile designer Sonia Delaunay.A coat designed and made by Sonia Delaunay for American actress Gloria Swanson.Design 945, a set of five fabric designed by Ukranian born, French textile and fashion designer Sonia Delaunay.A fabric sample by French abstract artist and textiel designer Sonia Delaunay.Color Moves – and exhibit featuring the Art and Fashion of Ukrainian born, French abstract artist and textile designer Sonia Delaunay. Currently on view at the Cooper-Hewitt in NYC until June 19th 2011.


Sonia Delaunay is primarily known as an abstract painter and colorist, yet she also greatly contributed to fashion, interior design, film, theater and the primary focus of this show, textiles. Most of the works featured in this exhibit are of her 1930’s textile designs for Amsterdam based Department Store Metz & Co., and of fashion designs she created through her own Paris based design Atelier.

Some lesser known facts about Sonia Delaunay is that she was Jewish and together with her artist husband Robert Delaunay they started the little known Orphism, or Orphic-Cubism art movement.

The exhibit is unique, fresh, dynamic, and I would strongly suggest going to see it before it ends. While your there you can also see the very well promoted and really fabulously displayed “Set In style” : The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels exhibit that is on the main floor.

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Image credits and description in order shown:
1. Sonia Delaunay (on right) and two models in the studio of Robert Dealunay. Image via Bibliotheque Nationale de France. 2. Rythme Coloré (Colored Rhythm), 1946. Image Private Collection. 3. Robe Poéme no. 1328. Image via Museum of Modern Art, New York. 4. Tissu Simultané. Block Printed Silk. France 1928.Images via Musée de l’Impression sur Etoffes in Mulhouse. 5. Coat made for American actress Gloria Swanson. France 1923-24. Image by Wolfgang Woessner. 6. Set of Five Fabric Designs – Design 945. Printed Silk.France 1929-30. Image via Private Collection. 7. Design 1044 Fabric Pattern. Printed Cotton. France 1930-31. Image via Private collection.
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