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Making & Unmaking Duro Olowu

Published by Ridinghouse and Camden Arts Centre alongside the Making & Unmaking exhibition, 2016

From Bauhaus jewellery and West African textiles to contemporary portraiture and sculpture, this unique volume explores the rituals of making that underpin an artist’s work.

Accompanying an exhibition curated by the ground-breaking fashion designer Duro Olowu at Camden Arts Centre, London (19 June - 18 September 2016), it offers the opportunity to re-evaluate works from the 1920s to present. Olowu selects material by over 70 artists, including rarely seen works by Anni Albers, Wangechi Mutu, Alice Neel, Chris Ofili and Irving Penn as well as newer paintings by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.

By setting up unexpected dialogues between historic and contemporary artists working in a myriad of media – textile, painting, sculpture, photography and collage – Olowu reveals a shared preoccupation with themes of gender, race, beauty, sexuality and the body.

The volume includes an in-depth conversation between Olowu and Glenn Ligon, and texts by Jennifer Higgie and Shanay Jhaveri, which together highlight the intricate layers of history and place that influence the making of art. Foreword by Jenni Lomax, texts by Jennifer Higgie and Shanay Jhaveri, Duro Olowu in conversation with Glenn Ligon

Jennifer Higgie is a writer, the co-editor of frieze and the editor of Frieze Masters magazine. Shanay Jhaveri is an assistant curator of South Asian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Glenn Ligon is an artist working in New York. Jenni Lomax is the Director of Camden Arts Centre, London. Duro Olowu is a fashion designer and curator based in London.


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