The Genteel
February 25, 2021


Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective begins at the Art Institute of Chicago on May 22. Source:

The Genteel editors on what we're seeing, doing, reading and anticipating for the week ahead.


CHICAGO - Roy Lichtenstein: A RetrospectiveWhaam! Bratatat! Varoom! The Art Institute of Chicago explodes with the energy of Roy Lichtenstein in the largest exhibition of the influential pop artist to date. More than 160 works - from the familiar to the completely unexpected, including never-before-seen drawings, paintings and sculpture - present a profound exploration of Lichtenstein's signature style and its myriad applications. The Art Institute of Chicago (May 22-September 3, 2012).

Bauhause Life as Art

Factory A by Josef Albers (1925-6).
Photograph by Tim Nighswander.

LONDON - Museums at Night.  Museums at Night is Culture24's annual after-hours celebration when hundreds of museums, galleries, libraries, archives and heritage sites open their doors for special evening events. Various locations (May 18-20).

MILAN - Milano Moda Pre-Collezioni. (May 25-June 25).

LONDON - The Queen: Art and Image. To mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, this exhibition brings together some of the most remarkable and resonant images of Elizabeth II during her reign. National Portrait Gallery (May 17-October 21, 2012).

NEW YORK MoMA Party in the Garden. MoMa (May 22).

NEW YORK - International Contemporary Furniture Fair. The ICFF fills the Javits Center with exhibits from 550 designers, architects and manufacturers hailing from 39 countries. Jacob K. Javits Convention Center (May 19-22).

LONDON - Picasso Prints. The British Museum has recently acquired a complete set of Picasso's Vollard Suite - 100 etchings produced by Picasso between 1930 and 1937. The exhibition will display the suite alongside classical sculpture, Rembrandt etchings and Goya prints - all influences on Picasso in this body of work. British Museum (until September 2).

LONDON - Bauhaus: Art as Life. The biggest Bauhaus exhibition in the UK in over 40 years presents the modern world's most famous art school. From expressionist beginnings to a pioneering model uniting art and technology, this London exhibition presents the Bauhaus' utopian vision to change society in the aftermath of the First World War. Barbican Art Gallery (until August 12). 


Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel (May 18) - This documentary takes a look at the fascinating life and career of legendary Vogue editor-in-chief Diana Vreeland, who helped engineer the iconic style of Twiggy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, served as a pioneer for women in the publishing industry, and advocated tirelessly for the betterment of culture, art and fashion in the 20th century. 

Fellini Black and White - A new film is set to explore what may have happened when celebrated Italian film director Federico Fellini disappeared for 48 hours on his first visit to America, where he was due to attend the Oscars. Read The Genteel's exploration of Fellini's influence on fashion in film.

Harris Tweed Lara Platman
Harris Tweed: From Land to Street.


Brainpicking - How the world-famous Harris Tweed, dubbed by its aficionados "the greatest cloth of all," comes into existence. 

The New York TimesRebranding Africa: the continent is entering the fashion arena, with the quality of its handwork, artistic creativity and its potential for economic growth -bringing Africa literally in vogue. Read The Genteel's article, A New Dawn for African Fashion.

The Guardian - Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon, is Uomo Vogue's new cover star

i-D magazine - Canadian designer Jeremy Laing on his hometown: "Toronto could either go way up from here or collapse under condos."

The Fiscal Times - Millennials are young and broke - and spending on luxury

Chictopia - Readers are shown how to do a contrast sole on their vintage oxfords in DIY Colour Block Oxfords.

WWD - Fairchild Fashion Media has acquired Fashion Networks International, best known for NowManifest, a curated blog portal with 1.2 million unique visitors a month that showcases some of the biggest names in the fashion blogosphere.



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