Remembering Vivienne Westwood (1941–2022)

Born in rural Derbyshire in 1941, the daughter of a factory worker and cotton weaver, Vivienne Westwood relocated to Harrow, Greater London with her family as a teenager. It was here that the young designer undertook a jewellery making course at the University of Westminster, then known as the Harrow Art School, but left after…

Ana Mendieta — The Cuban-American Artist Whose Feminist Thought Took Shape In Nature

Cuban-born multidisciplinary artist Ana Mendieta produced a diverse and radical body of work that traversed photography, film, video, drawing, sculpture, and site-specific installation over the course of her short life. Exploring complex themes including dislocation, separation and our connection to nature, her combination of form and documentation most famously manifested in a series she called…

Remembering Issey Miyake (1938-2022)

A germinal figure in the history of fashion, Issey Miyake’s generous and influential contribution to the industry is impossible to overlook. The designer, who sadly passed away from liver cancer at the end of last week, was instrumental in shaping fashion today, championing an approach that celebrates the beauty of the unconventional. Miyake relentlessly expanded…

Remembering Sam Gilliam (1933-2022): How The Pioneering Abstractionist Changed Art History

An instrumental figure of postwar American painting, throughout his illustrious seven-decade career, Sam Gilliam, who passed away aged 88 earlier this week, reinvented and consistently reimagined abstract painting and sculpture. Thoughtfully combining rich amalgamations of form, texture, and material to forge his inventive compositions, his work has had a powerful influence on generations of contemporary…

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