DISOBEDIENT BODIES

Jonathan Anderson curates the Hepworth Wakefield

The Hepworth Wakefield has launched a major exhibition with designer Jonathan Anderson exploring the human form in art, fashion and design.

Jonathan Anderson – both head of his eponymous label J.W.Anderson and creative director of the Spanish luxury house Loewe – is known as an art lover and spent two years curating Disobedient Bodies. The show opened last week at the Hepworth Wakefield, the contemporary British art galley that David Chipperfield designed in Yorkshire, England.
As his starting point for the exhibition, Anderson was drawn to early works by Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore from the 1920s and 1930s that represented the human body in radical new ways. These increasingly abstracted, yet defiantly figurative sculptures led to an exhibition exploring how the human form has been reimagined by artists and designers across the 20th and 21st centuries.
The exhibition gathers together a personal selection of more than 100 objects spanning art, fashion, ceramics and design in a series of unexpected and irreverent groupings. Sculptures by artists including Jean Arp, Louise Bourgeois, Alberto Giacometti, Barbara Hepworth, Sarah Lucas and Henry Moore are brought into direct

dialogue with fashion pieces by designers such as Christian Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier, Rei Kawakubo of Commes des Garçons, Helmut Lang, Issey Miyake and Vivienne Westwood.
At the centre of the exhibition, Anderson has created an installation comprising a forest of oversized jumpers, which invites visitors to transform their own bodies into abstract forms. The physical experience of interacting with materials, silhouettes and shapes is an important element of Anderson’s vision for the exhibition. Jonathan Anderson states: ‘This is a rare and exciting opportunity for me to bring together pieces of art and fashion that have long inspired my own creative work and to see what happens when these objects rub up against each other. I want the exhibition to mirror the speed and unexpected encounters that characterise the way in which we consume images today, as well as being a space in which to explore ideas of gender and identity that have been an ongoing part of my creative practice.’

Disobedient Bodies is on until June 18th. A fully illustrated book published by InOtherWords with introductory essay by Vogue’s Sarah Mower will accompany the exhibition. hepworthwakefield.org

1. Installation shot of Disobedient Bodies- JW Anderson curates The Hepworth Wakefield. Photo- Lewis Ronald. Courtesy The Hepworth Wakefield. 2. Installation shot of Disobedient Bodies- JW Anderson curates The Hepworth Wakefield. Photo- Lewis Ronald. Courtesy The Hepworth Wakefield.4 3 3a 4 5 6 JW Anderson, 28 Jumpers in Disobedient Bodies- JW Anderson curates The Hepworth Wakefield. Photo- Lewis Ronald. Courtesy The Hepworth Wakefield 7

 

All installation photos of Disobedient Bodies – JW Anderson curates The Hepworth Wakefield by Lewis Ronald. Courtesy The Hepworth Wakefield

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