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JW Anderson pays homage to David Wojnarowicz

The artist's works invaded the Autumn-Winter 2020 collection of JW Anderson by Giorgia Cantarini
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This morning, in an art gallery traditionally home to contemporary art exhibitions, there was access to a room made up of white chairs alternated with black chairs. With a random arrangement, mannequins were placed wearing a mask of the French poet Arthur Rimbaud, a reproduction of a series of photos by David Wojnarowicz entitled Arthur Rimbaud in New York . Tribute to two unruly geniuses, two styles in dressing and living inspired JW Anderson's work for the autumn collection. Each of the mannequins also wore black, white or red felt inlay sweaters with the image of another work by David Wojnarowicz Untitled (Burning House) which went on sale immediately after the show to support VisualAIDS, a contemporary art organization founded in 1988 to raise awareness and support HIV artists. JW Anderson declares “I have always been very inspired by his work. It can be considered very dark, but I think instead his acting was a push towards being positive. He had a political voice but not only for the sake of it. It was about creativity coming from a political voice. "JW Anderson presented a men's collection where the spirit of the American 60s / 70s style is revised and corrected in a modern key with small touches. Like double-sided wool coats with heavy chains of gold, a reference to past collections. A succession of oversized scarves that explode in padded paisley printed twill. The triangular cuts of the inverted petal coat were also a reference to the most famous cuts introduced over the years. Speaking to the continuation of the JW codes Anderson, Jonathan Anderson explains that: "it is a question of not being afraid of the DNA of one's own brand, it is not necessary to propose new shapes, some classics are enough to give new interpretation, such as a choice of different fabrics."


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