I had the idea for the exhibition when I saw people making the garment their own, adapting it to their personal style. It occurred to me that photographers are never given the same subject, and that they would each have their own vision of the garment. Their response was enthusiastic, and the result is beautiful. I am extremely grateful."
photo © DAVID LYNCH Cardigan #2, 2019
Over 60 photographers and artists...
At the time, 140 photographers contributed to the show. Acclaimed by the public and critics alike, the show was then presented at Centre Pompidou in 1996.
For the 2019 exhibition, agnès b. has given carte blanche to over 60 photographers and artists of 14 different nationalities. Young artists from the contemporary scene and established artists offer their interpretation of this timeless garment, working to a single specification: a 40×60 cm photograph whose main subject is the Snap cardigan. Their diverse contributions reflect the variety, dynamism and eclecticism of photography.
photo left: CLAUDE LÉVÊQUE Bravo! 2019 modèle Elie Morin © Claude Lévêque Courtesy the artist and Kamel Mennour, Paris / London.
photo right: KENTA COBAYASHI Sans titre, 2019 © Kenta Cobayashi
Courtesy the artist and G/P Gallery, Tokyo.
A touring exhibition
The exhibition ... PHOTOGRAPHERS ... ARTISTS AND THE SNAP CARDIGAN will subsequently travel to Hong Kong, New York and Tokyo.
On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the garment, a book entitled agnès b.: the Snap cardigan, will be published by Editions Assouline in September 2019.
MARK COHEN Autoportrait, black cardigan, 2019 © Mark Cohen Courtesy the artist, Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York and ROSEGALLERY, Los Angeles.