John Piper: The Fabric of Modernism

Pallant House Gallery

12 March – 12 June 2016

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The first exhibition to focus on the artist's work in textile.

John Piper, Foliate Heads, 1954

Best known for his paintings of British heritage sites – from churches and country houses to wartime ruins – Piper's talents as a designer are rarely recognised. In fact his creations in this capacity were numerous, including theatre sets, stained glass windows and, as this exhibition celebrates, textile.

Piper would often pattern fabrics with the imagery he knew from paint – such as religious symbols or architectural details from historic buildings. The display explores these connections, bringing together his art with interrelated furnishings, scarves, ecclesiastical garments and tapestries.

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