An iconic 1980's Jean Paul Gaultier cone dress with, in the background, Henry Moore's Reclining Figure (1936)
It's taken a while for me to get to The Hepworth's latest exhibition, a collaboration with fashion designer Jonathan Anderson that has been running since March, but finally last week the planets aligned just long enough to give me a free afternoon so I went and spent it looking at 'Disobedient Bodies.'
'Disobedient Bodies' is the first in a series of collaborations between The Hepworth, currently in the running for Museum of the Year, and a variety of people who work outside the visual arts. The collaborations will be an exploration of their response to the gallery's collection of modern British art, most notably the works of Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore.
Jonathan Anderson was drawn to the early works of both Hepworth and Moore from the '20s and '30s when they were reimagining and representing the human body in a radical new way for his own collaborative exhibition. The result is a curated collection of art, design, video, ceramics and, of course, fashion.
The exhibition includes over a 100 pieces from more than 40 artists and includes works by fashion's leading names Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Dior, Issey Miyake, Helmut Lang, Yohji Yamamoto, Yves St Laurent, Rei Kawakubo's Comme des Garcons as well as Anderson's own designs.
28 Jumpers by JW Anderson
Anderson's '28 Jumpers' is 28 hugely elongated, oversized, different patterned jumpers hanging from the gallery roof designed for visitor interaction; for the arms to tie together, to be pulled and dragged and twisted.
But while '28 Jumpers' is a nod of protest to the untouchable nature of gallery exhibitions, the majority of the exhibition is to be gazed upon; sometimes in awe, sometimes in wonder, and sometimes, frankly, in plain bafflement.
Hans Bellmer La Demi Poupee (1972)
Comme des Garcons designer Rei Kawakubo claims two dimensions are the future about this collection. I think shall be sticking to all three though.
JW Anderson Polo Neck Jumpers Menswear Spring /Summer 2017
Maison Martin Margiela Stockman Dress womenswear Spring/ Summer 1997
FE McWilliam Kneeling Figure 1947
Isamu Noguchi paper, bamboo and metal lamps alongside Issey Miyake dresses.
I've seen many exhibitions at The Hepworth since it opened, practically on our doorstep, six years ago and Disobedient Bodies, as well as giving you a chance to get close to the work of some truly iconic designers, is the most engrossing and thought provoking I've visited at the gallery so far.
AND I went to Roger Hiorn's Youth exhibition in 2013.
Disobedient Bodies: JW Anderson Curates The Hepworth is at The Hepworth, Wakefield, until June 18.