Masters of Form


One must look back to look forward. My experience at the Art Gallery of Ontario was the first of its kind. Although up into this point I’ve focused on the works of contemporary artists, here I collaborated with the Canadian luxury retailer Holt Renfrew to recontextualize the works of two great masters for AGO’s Michelangelo: Quest for Genius. As part of Holt Renfrew’s Italian Immersion celebration, Michelangelo’s intricate drawings and Rodin’s elegant sculpture were paired with the stunning Fall 2014 pieces of six great Italian designers. Playing on elements such as form, texture and scale, the graceful compositions that result reflect the essence of timeless design. An honor to be a part of this homage to Italian art and fashion, the rest of the fairy tale story unfolds here on Holts Muse.

Above left: Michelangelo, Man with Crested Helmet, c.1504 x Valentino dress

Above right: Auguste Rodin, Adam, c.1881 x Dolce & Gabbana dress

Lower right: Michelangelo, Studies for the Head of Leda, c.1630 x Michelangelo, Studies for the Staircase of the Library of San Lorenzo, Column Base and Figures, c.1525 x Stella Jean shirt & skirt

Lower left: Auguste Rodin, Eve, c.1883 x Fendi jacket, pant & shoes

AGO, Michelangelo: Quest for Genius, October 18, 2014 — January 11, 2015

Hair & Makeup by Simone Otis, Photographs by Chris Nicholls