KAHAN, Louis, (1905-2002), Still Life on Palette II (1994), oil on canvas on marine ply, 60.5 x 81.5cm. Courtesy of Louis Kahan/Licensed by Viscopy 2016.
Tailoring, fashion and costume design were crucial aspects of Louis Kahan’s journey as an artist. In Australia, Kahan contributed to a vibrant post-war arts scene where his experiences in art and tailoring in early twentieth-century Vienna and Paris influenced his later work.
This exhibition showcases an exciting artist who moved seamlessly across theatre, dress and illustration. It also provides the back story to one of Australia’s migrant artists; a little-known story that includes work with the great fashion houses and celebrities of early twentieth century Europe.
Co-curated with Laura Jocic in collaboration with the Kahan Collection, Melbourne.
KAHAN, Louis, (1905-2002), Dorothy Lamour, 1947, pencil on paper, 29 x 21 cm.
EDWARDS, Daniel, Empire (2011(, felt, 550cm diameter, photographed by Brenton McGeachie at Canberra Contemporary Art Space.
Pattern + highlights both artworks that celebrate pattern. Whether it be finding symmetry and repetition in nature or investigating computer generated algorithms, this exhibition will have viewers seeing patterns within their own environment.
Pattern + references the history of various iconic patterns as well as artists who are creating their own language within pattern. Featuring a wide range of artists and designers, Pattern + will showcase textiles, painting, photography and installation.