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Maripol, Clare Stephenson and Zoe Williams

Spring / Summer 2015

This is a free event and does not require booking

This season, we’re delighted to bring colour and glamour into our galleries, from the work of legendary Polaroid artist, fashion designer and stylist Maripol to sculptural installations by Clare Stephenson and video, prints and objects by Zoe Williams. Cultural production across artforms usually tends to be kept separate, but this exhibition presents fashion, art, film, photography, sculpture, jewellery and prints together.

Spring / Summer 2015 charts the iconic work of Maripol from the late 1970s right up to the present. From Fiorucci to Marc Jacobs – and from Madonna to Grace Jones, via Basquiat, Warhol and Keith Haring – Maripol has exerted a huge influence on fashion, photography and art for nearly 40 years. Born in France, but based in New York since the 1970s, Maripol is renowned for her work styling and photographing iconic figures in the 1980s art scene. We are delighted to be presenting a selection of her photographs, garments and jewellery.

"Nothing was ever separated: the music, the life, the films, the writing, the poetry, the fashion, the art."

Maripol, The Sunday Herald

The glamour and sensuality of Maripol’s work is echoed in that of artists Zoe Williams and Clare Stephenson, who will show a selection of new and recent works. Zoe Williams uses opulent materials – mother-of-pearl, silks, gold – to explore the seductive representation of luxury in contemporary culture. Spring / Summer 2015 will include her signature video work Drench. Born in Salisbury, Williams lives and works in Glasgow. Clare Stephenson will show newly-commissioned iterations of both her Venetian Cocktail Glasses and Martini Bikinis series. Stephenson was born in Newcastle and studied sculpture at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design; she lives and works in Glasgow.

DCA Shop will be selling a selection of Maripol jewellery, books and DVDs throughout Spring / Summer 2015, and a series of events, talks, workshops and screenings accompanies the exhibition.

Maripol on Madonna, Debbie Harry and New York in the 1980s - The Sunday Herald

Maripol: 'Did I discover Madonna? She discovered me!' - The Guardian

Maripol still in fashion after more than twenty years - The Scotsman

Dundee Contemporary Arts' 2015 spring / summer lineup has substance as well as style - The List


Image credits:

Maripol Self Portrait with Pantone Markers, 1980, Polaroid by Maripol©, all rights reserved.

Klaus Nomi at the Mudd Club, 1979, Polaroid by Maripol©, all rights reserved.

Montage, Spider and Bobby Pin Necklace, 1980, Polaroid by Maripol©, all rights reserved.

Installation images by Ruth Clark.