September 20, 2008 - January 25, 2009 | Colorado Springs Fine Art Center

Lucienne Day
Jack Sprat Glass Towel
1950s

Based on the English
Nursery Rhyme:
Jack Sprat could eat no fat
His wife could eat no lean
And so betwixt the two of them
They licked the platter clean.
The Exhibition "Designing Women of Postwar Britain: Their Art and the Modern Interior" features approximately 120 works by six female designers who all emerged after the Second World War. Likely in response to the long period of emotional darkness brought on by the global conflict, these women designers burst upon the design scene with radical compositions and bold use of color. These designers immediately caught the attention of British consumers who were ready and eager for fresh, bright and progressive designs. The Exhibition,
which will be displayed in the Fine Arts Center's El Pomar Gallery, showcases the work of three women in particular, Lucienne Day, Marian Mahler, and Jacqueline Groag.

In the span of twenty years after World War II (1945-1965), Britain was transformed from a nation devastated by war to an affluent consumer society. This new prosperity became evident in the modernization and stylization of
home interiors.

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Good design became more readily available to the average consumer with works by designers such as Day, Mahler, and Groag, as well as Paule Vezelay, Mary White and Mary Warren. These innovative designers contributed to the country's spirit of renewal and helped define a historical turning point in the development of international textile design.

FAC Curator Tariana Navas-Nieves and Guest Curator Shanna Shelby draw from the Denver collection of Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III, whose passion for this unique area of design showcases rare and hard-to-find textiles.

The Exhibition runs until January 25, 2009.

Click here for exhibit hours and directions to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Click an image below to view a larger version.
Lucienne Day

Lucienne Day
Calyx
1951

Lucienne Day
Miscellany
1952

Lucienne Day
Apollo
1950s

Lucienne Day
born 1917
British
Marian Mahler

Marian Mahler
Untitled (Mint Bird Chair)
1952

Marian Mahler
Untitled (Mauve)
1953/54

Marian Mahler
Untitled (Urns Vases)
1953

Marian Mahler
1911-1983
Austrian-born, emigrated to Britain in 1937
Jacqueline Groag

Jacqueline Groag
Untitled
1950s

Jacqueline Groag
Good Morning
1954

Jacqueline Groag
Family Outing
1954

Jacqueline Groag
1903-1985
Czech-born, emigrated to UK in 1939
Mary White

Mary White
Cottage Garden
1950s
Mary Warren

Mary Warren
Nautilus
1954
Paule Vezelay

Paule Vezelay
Harmony
1956
Also Showing at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center - Downtown
Styling the Modern: Fine Art Meets Fashion

The exhibition displays the scarves or "artist squares" from the 1940s and 50s developed by Zika and Lida Ascher, Czech refugees in London, who started a textile business in 1939. The Aschers invited the most prominent artists of the day – Henry Moore, Henri Matisse, Jean Cocteau, Alexander Calder and others – to work with them in the screen-printing workshop. The grand-scale scarves, measuring approximately 34 inches square, were printed in limited editions and the screens were destroyed after printing.

Styling the Modern, guest-curated by Shanna Shelby, features a series of approximately 35 of these vibrant scarves designed by various modern artists. This exhibition is also drawn from the collection of Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III.

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The Designing Women of Postwar Britain Collection and/or the Ascher Scarf Collection may be available to travel. For more information please call Curator Shanna Shelby or Curatorial Assistant Angela Brill at 303.832.1350.



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