If you are in Milan, today is the last day of John Baldessari's art-meets-fashion Giacometti Variations, on show at Fondazione Prada. Curated by Germano Celant, the exhibition has nine 4.5 meter high Giacometti-esque figures all lined up as if they were in a fashion show presentation. We are all inspired by artists from different periods and this is a great visual showing a layered inspiration by Baldessari-Giacometti-Degas and other more current culture references.
Baldessari claims also to have been influenced by the cotton skirt and bodice worn by Degas' bronze dancer, La Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans - with these rotated at various junctures during the running of the exhibition.
'It is au courant, almost de rigueur that fashion models be extremely tall and thin,' says the veteran conceptual artist. 'Giacometti figures are the most emaciated and skinny sculptures that exist. Why not fuse the two?'.
Of the whole Baldessari states: 'Is this parody? I’m not sure. I hate categories and definitions - I certainly am borrowing. Isn’t this what artists do? Doesn’t art arise from art? What I am doing is furthering an idea - that is the requirement of any good art.'
Embellishments on models have included elongated ladders,
giant crystal-encrusted ruby slippers,
vividly-coloured hula hoops,
and a stack of books.
text by: Malgorzata Stankiewicz
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