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An intersection of fashion and art

Using a fashion store as a metaphor, choices made by artists are compared to fashion choices made by ordinary people. The exhibit examines objective criteria such as colour matching, material availability, utility, and craftsmanship, and subjective criteria like style and trends and compares them to the individual’s perceptions of beauty. 

The show creates a sensation by displaying two priceless artworks at the entrance: Zhang Xiaogang’s Big family no.1 and Andy Warhol’s Portrait of Chairman Mao Zedong. Zhang’s male and female subjects are shown wearing the recognizable Chinese suit, also personified in Warhol’s portrait of Chairman Mao. These two paintings boldly show that artists integrate fashion into their works, and the details add to the context and narrative of the work. This exhibition’s central theme is the evolution of fashion aesthetics and how fashion trends and styles have been integrated into art.

Text and photos Martin Wray