Whether he’s incorporating artworks into his shows or curating his own exhibition at The Hepworth Gallery, Loewe designer Jonathan Anderson‘s love of art and performance is well documented and feeds directly into his design work. Opening today, the British designer’s latest artistic venture comes via a new collaboration between Loewe and 2016 Turner Prize nominee Anthea Hamilton at Tate Britain.
Anderson has designed seven costumes for the performance art piece – titled The Squash – that will be worn by performers across the continuous six month performance, incorporating the colours and shapes of varieties of squash or pumpkin. Transforming the gallery’s Duveen Galleries into an immersive space, Hamilton has laid 7,000 white floor tiles that form podiums for the performers to use as props as they move amongst works from the Tate’s collection.
This isn’t the first time Anderson has teamed up with Hamilton, having commissioned her to create works for the Loewe Foundation project at the 2015 Miami Design District. Elsewhere the artist’s circular handwoven grass mat decorated the JW Anderson SS18 show space.
‘Anthea Hamilton has made a unique contribution to British and International Art with her visually playful works that both provoke and delight,” said Alex Farquharson, Director, Tate Britain. “This compelling commission demonstrates her ability to seamlessly weave together captivating images and narratives, creating rich new environments in which to encounter works of art.’
Anthea Hamilton’s The Squash runs from 23rd March – 7th October at Tate Britain