Stephen Sprouse: Rock | Art | Fashion debuts at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in Newfields 7/16 | News

Stephen Sprouse: Rock | Art | The fashion will debut at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in Newfields July 16, 2022 and close April 2, 2023. The exhibition will feature more than 60 suits and 40 pairs of shoes and boots designed by Indiana native Stephen Sprouse (1953-2004). IMA acquired Stephen Sprouse’s fashion collection and archives in 2019 thanks to the generosity of Joanne and Bradford Sprouse, mother and brother of Stefano. The donation included more than 10,000 pieces, including men’s and women’s clothing, shoes, accessories, textile samples, fashion, audiovisual and Polaroid sketches that will be featured in the exhibition. Two portraits of Sprouse painted by Andy Warhol were also included in this significant gift, one is on display in the recently renovated Clowes Pavilion and the other will be included in this exhibition.

INDIANAPLES, June 18, 2022 / PRNewswire-PRWeb / – Stephen Sprouse: Rock | Art | The fashion will debut at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in Newfields July 16, 2022 and close April 2, 2023. The exhibition will feature more than 60 suits and 40 pairs of shoes and boots designed by Indiana native Stephen Sprouse (1953-2004). IMA acquired Stephen Sprouse’s fashion collection and archives in 2019 thanks to the generosity of Joanne and Bradford Sprouse, mother and brother of Stefano. The donation included more than 10,000 pieces, including men’s and women’s clothing, shoes, accessories, textile samples, fashion, audiovisual and Polaroid sketches that will be featured in the exhibition. Two portraits of Sprouse painted by Andy Warhol were also included in this significant gift, one is on display in the recently renovated Clowes Pavilion and the other will be included in this exhibition.

“We are thrilled to have been entrusted with the Stephen Sprouse legacy,” he said Niloo Paydar, Curator of Textile Arts and Fashion at IMA. “We hope this exhibition brings renewed interest and recognition to Sprouse who electrified the 1980s with his transformative styles.”

Sprouse was one of the first American designers to introduce street style into high fashion. He incorporated graffiti, Day-Glo colors, and punk aesthetics into his designs. His collections were inspired by downtown music and culture New York in the 80s. He was influenced by the artistic energy of his circle of friends, including Debbie Harry, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring And Jean-Michel Basquiat. Models of him were sold to that of New York exclusive stores, like Henri Bendel, Bergdorf Goodman and Barneys New York. Sprouse’s high-quality modern fabrics, combined with youthful, edgy styles in unisex silhouettes, have established him as one of the most innovative American designers of the 20th century.

This exhibition is the largest review of Sprouse’s work and features many ensembles that have not been seen since they debuted on the runways in the late 1990s. The exhibition showcases Sprouse’s use of unconventional materials, bold and original designs, innovative cuts and construction, and reveals key themes that have occupied his work for more than 40 years. There are several garments in the exhibition dating from 1983-85 that showcase his creative and unique use of graffiti. He was one of the first designers to incorporate graffiti into his designs and his ability to write backwards has set him apart.

In 1987 a few days earlier Andy Warhol dead, he granted Sprouse access to his archives. Several garments based on Warhol’s camouflage pattern will be included in the exhibition. For his acclaimed Spring / Summer 1998 collection, Sprouse secured the rights from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts to work with more Warhol images. A tribute to Warhol, the collection not only included clothing based on Warhol’s paintings, but also contained several Warhol-inspired garments and by Jean-Michel Basquiat collaborations. Warhol’s 1984 double portrait of Stephen Sprouse will have his own Indianapolis debut along with three iconic paintings, Iggy on the Cross (1987), Absolut Vodka Advertisement (1988) and Sid Vicious in Baton Rouge (1988), all created by Sprouse.

Sprouse’s friend Keith Haring she also collaborated with him in 1987 to create a truly extraordinary line of fabrics. There are some garments on display that characterize this unique artistic collaboration. Other highlights include a dress similar to that of her neighbor and friend, Debbie Harrythe lead singer of the band New Wave Blondie, wore in the Heart of Glass video.

Show guests will be able to engage in interactive activities such as sketch sheets in which they can compile selected sketches of the Sprouse runway with their own models and drawings. True to Sprouse’s aesthetic, this exhibit will be filled with Day-Glo colors, bold graphic prints, and a faithful playlist of the music Sprouse has heard and used in his runways.

To celebrate the opening of this monumental exhibition, Newfields will host a punk rock concert Wednesday 13 July in The Toby with The Zero Boys. The concert is 21+ and the tickets are $ 20 for members and $ 25 for the public and can be purchased at discovernewfields.org. Community Members and Partners Day will be held Thursday 14th July 2022.

Primary support for Stephen Sprouse: Rock | Art | Fashion is provided by Target, Absolut Vodka and Jan B. Rubin Art Exhibition Fund. The generous support in kind is provided by RALPH PUCCI International, KCD PR and Louis Vuitton. Further support is provided by Amy Davidoff And David Phillips.

Contact with the media

Mattie Wethingtonwww.discovernewfields.org, 317-923-13312, [email protected]

SOURCE Newfields