ANTONIO’S WORLD, gallery show to open September 7, 2012, at The Suzanne Geiss Company, 76 Grand Street, New York, NY. Show will run from Sept 7-Oct 20.
Antonio’s World, a survey of the work of Antonio Lopez (1943-1987), fashion illustrator extraordinaire. The exhibition will showcase three decades of the artist’s creative output, including never before seen drawings, photographs, and ephemera. Lopez’s seminal works, which appeared in Vogue, The New York Times, Women’s Wear Daily, and Interview throughout the 1970s and 80s, remain a powerful source of inspiration, energizing contemporary visual culture, not only through fashion illustration, but fine art and digital media, as well.
** Antonio is an idol to anyone who has studied fashion illustration at the Fashion Institute of Technology, myself included. As an FIT student, Antonio came to visit our classroom. Quite a confronting experience, having someone with his extraordinary genius and natural gift, being able to view my own drawing. Completely in awe of his masterful work!
Lopez’s intrinsic virtuosity established him as a top fashion illustrator and one of the most influential tastemakers of his time. Antonio was inspired by his muses, contemporary culture, varied historical and artistic movements, plus his creative partner/art director Juan Ramos. His work encompasses a variety of media including pencil, ink, charcoal, watercolor, and film. Images of his muses can be found throughout, notably Pat Cleveland, Jerry Hall, and Grace Jones.
Antonio’s art reflected the nightlife persona he cultivated while working with Karl Lagerfeld in Paris from 1969 to the mid 70s. The celebrity coterie that surrounded him during his Paris years became the subjects of his drawings and photographs. The iconic Instamatics and Polaroids of Paloma Picasso, Yves Saint Laurent, among others, remain important cultural records of a time of exuberant creative productivity and consumption. By the time Lopez returned to New York City in 1976, he was a celebrated name inspiring designers such as Norma Kamali and Anna Sui. By the 1980s, he led commercial campaigns for YSL, Valentino, Missoni, and Versace.
A monograph book, Antonio Lopez: Fashion, Art, Sex, and Disco, will be released by Rizzoli New York in conjunction with the exhibition. Written by Roger Padilha and Mauricio Padilha, contribution by Bill Cunningham, forward by André Leon Talley and epilogue by Anna Sui.
Antonio’s World exhibition will run September 7-October 20, 2012, at The Suzanne Geiss Company, 76 Grand Street, New York, NY 10013. Hours open: Tues-Sat, 12-6PM. More info on suzannegeiss.com. (images1&2: courtesy)