Antonio Lopez exhibition - A visionary writing

Organized by the city of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue in partnership with the agency diChroma photography

From June 5 to October 3, 2021

"What I'm doing isn't dedicating my life, but documenting it. I think that's the reason most people take pictures whether they know it or not: they do it to document. their life, showing where they have been, who they have seen, what they have done. ". This summer, the art center and the city of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue present "Visionary writing". A selection of 148 works by New York fashion illustrator and photographer Antonio Lopez: a rich set of instamatic shots, photo booths, polaroids, silver prints, as well as drawings, collages, diary pages and super 8mm films (VO no subtitles).

Artist biography

Antonio Lopez, born in Puerto Rico in 1943, remains one of the most important and remarkable figures in the fashion world from the 60s to the 80s.

Very young, at the age of 7, his family moved to New York, his adopted city which would later become the great theater of his creation.

He studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where he met his partner, Juan Ramos, also from Puerto Rico, who would exert a major influence on all of his work, and accompany him in the development of his creative process.

From the 60s, Antonio Lopez became a fashion illustrator, and was published in many magazines such as Vogue, Elle, The New York Times, or Harper's Bazaar . A pioneer of American multiculturalism, he was among the first to present people of color as role models. In New York, he collaborated with artists, publishers, such as Andy Warhol or Diana Vreeland, then moved to Paris in 1969. He worked there with Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld for a few years, the time to become, he and his "Antonio's Girls", an emblematic figure of Parisian fashion.

In addition to drawing, painting and illustration, Antonio Lopez began to experiment with photography. He preferred low-fi production to studio production, often taking many frames and later keeping them in grid compositions that revealed a cinematic progression of time and a multi-layered study of his subjects.

Returning to New York in 1975, he worked tirelessly on numerous advertising campaign projects and perpetuated the inertia of this meteoric career. The counter-culture of free love had broken through and Antonio Lopez's vision for a more inclusive fashion world was starting to be embraced by a wider audience.


The artist died of AIDS on March 17, 1987, in Los Angeles, leaving behind a considerable body of work, an aesthetic and rhetorical statement that would dissolve in the thickness of the History of Art.

If fashion was her subject, it was nonetheless her pretext. A pretext to say beauty, sensuality, sexuality, life, time. His time. Because fashion, as Coco Chanel will define it, "is not something that exists only in clothes. Fashion is in the air, carried by the wind. We guess it. Fashion is in the sky, in the sky. rue. "Fashion, Antonio Lopez wore it, embodied it, lived it. It was a question of attitude, a way of life. He had an ardent, exhilarating, passionate, luminous life, always carried to its climax by the vital impetus of his creation and his imperious need to seek without ever really caring to find.

And since for Antonio Lopez fashion was a pretext to generate forms, through his drawings, collages, instamatics, and films it was also a pretext to deconstruct languages ​​to free their meaning, and reconstruct his own, "this untranslatable body of languages ​​"- Jacques Derrida.

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Exhibition catalog

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Publication date: 12/01/2020

Version: French / English

Size: 28.5 x 33 cm

Number of pages: 180

ISBN: 978 - 84 - 948753 - 3 - 5

© diChroma photography, Madrid

© The Estate of Antonio Lopez and Juan Ramos

The exhibition "Visionary Writing - Drawings, Films and Photographs" explores the diverse practice of the famous New York artist Antonio Lopez (1943-1987) and his creative collaborator Juan Ramos (1942 - 1995). Developed in thematic sections, the exhibition focuses on Lopez's use of fashion illustration, photography and super 8 films as pioneering visual vocabulary, as well as his diaries and drawings that document his ardent creative process. " - diChroma Photography.

49,00 € TTC

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