Sebastian + Barquet is pleased to announce a collaborative exhibition with renowned painter and carpet designer Madeline Weinrib that will run from September 10th through October 23rd. In her first partnership with the gallery, Weinrib brings her signature textile designs to a pantheon of Modernist furniture. Reimagining mid-century touchstones by Gio Ponti, Vladimir Kagan and Arne Jacobsen through her own contemporary and highly-singular lens, Weinrib’s project explores the relationship between form, color and pattern and upends the formal rigor of the Modernist aesthetic.
Bringing a contemporary perspective to classic forms and exploring the affinities and tensions between old and new has always been at the heart of Weinrib’s practice. Drawing heavily on her background as a painter and draftswoman, her work blurs the boundaries between art and design. In this way, the partnership with Sebastian+Barquet is a natural one. Since its inception, the gallery has remained committed to elevating design to the valences of high art through a series of tightly-curated exhibitions featuring the work of such luminaries as Donald Judd and Jean Prouve.
Giulia Veronesi Armchairs in Chamomile Sadu Ikat
Arne Jacobson Swan Settee in Dove Remy Ikat
Le Corbusier Armchair in Brown Collins Ikat
Vladimir Kagan Cloud Sofa in Charcoal Mandala Chenille Metallic
Giovanni Michelucci Chairs in Brown Daphne Ikat
Alexander Girard Sofa in Green Sunder Suzani
Giò Ponti Chairs in Black & White Sommers Suzani
The exhibition will feature Vladimir Kagan’s iconic Cloud Sofa which Weinrib has reworked in a plush Charcoal Chenille. Embellished in her signature Mandala pattern, the sensual and undulating surface of Kagan’s 1960 classic is punctuated by silvery medallion-like motifs rendered in large scale. Other highlights include an Alexander Girard for Herman Miller sofa from 1968. Its sleek, ultra-modern silhouette receives an elegant and whimsical treatment from Weinrib’s lyrically hand embroidered “Sunder” Suzani. An architect by training, Girard is renowned for his contributions to the field of textile design while working with George Nelson and Charles Ray Eames under the aegis of Herman Miller. Here, the rambling organicism of Weinrib's design serves as an unexpected foil for the minimalist restraint of Girard's form, providing a worthy lesson in contrasts.
Exhibition: Friday September 10th through Saturday October 23, 2010
Opening Reception: Friday September 10th, 6pm to 9pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday- Saturday 10-6 PM.