As a designer, philanthropist, and art collector, agnès b. noted at the time, “A while ago, I designed a cardigan for myself. I wanted one that opened in front with lots of snaps that evoke a Renaissance garment, a child’s garment for grown-ups, or the other way round, and the snap cardigan was born. Since then, it has been worn by many people. 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.”
Over 70 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 New York edition of the exhibition, which was previously shown in Paris at the end of 2019, agnès b. has given carte blanche to more than 70 photographers and artists from 14 different nationalities. Young artists and established artists alike have offered their interpretation of this timeless garment, working with a singular specification of a 40 × 60 centimeter photograph whose main subject is the snap cardigan.
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 and Tokyo.
On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the garment, a book entitled agnès b.: the Snap cardigan, has been 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.