DAILY ART FIX: The Punk Marie Antoinette of the 1970s New York Art Scene

Art world links which caught my eye…

Colette Lumière, “Beautiful Dreamer Uniform Series II” (1980-84), mixed media on linen

Arguably, punk covered all forms of creativity: music, literature, fashion, and the visual arts. Before it settled in a predictable formula of ripped jeans, aggression, and sloppiness, punk was a questing, restless attempt to find new forms of expression. Now, one of the original NYC players is the subject of a new exhibition.

And indeed, it is an indisputable fact that the French-Tunisian Colette Lumière is a severely under-recognized artist, whose lasting importance on visual culture and performance practice has yet to be fully grasped by the art world. Before moving to Berlin in 1984, Colette was a prolific artistic persona immersed in the 1970s New York art scene, a punky Marie Antoinette with a childlike voice and fashion confections. Working across a variety of media, yet always emphasizing the performance of identity, her creations ranged from frilly dresses and punk T-shirts to sculptural installations, light boxes and short films.

Colette Lumière, “Off the Wall (Homage a Paul Delvaux)” (1974), fabric, photograph, light, and mixed media on wood

See the full article here: Hyperallergic – The Punk Marie Antoinette of the 1970s New York Art Scene


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