WRITER: BRIAN SHAWVER
CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
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Paintings from 'Fairies" exhibition at UI will make appearance
on Fifth Ave. in New York
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Saks Fifth Avenue, the famed department store in
New York City, will use six images from the University of Iowa Museum of
Art's current exhibition "Victorian Fairy Painting" in its Easter
window display from April 6-12.
The store will display enlarged reproductions of the paintings as backdrops
to six windows on Fifth Avenue. Three windows will show haute couture from
Christian Lacroix, who saw the exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts
in London last fall. Lacroix was so taken by the show that he based his
entire January haute couture show on it.
The other three windows will feature whimsical Easter hats specially
created for the windows by designers Philip Treacy, Stephen Jones, Patricia
Underwood and other milliners.
The six paintings used in the displays will be Richard Dadd's "The
Fairy Feller's Master Stroke," Richard Doyle's "The Enchanted
Fairy Tree, or a Fantasy Based on 'The Tempest' by William Shakespeare,"
John Anster Fitzgerald's "Fairies in a Bird's Nest" and "The
Chase of the White Mice," Robert Huskisson's "Come Unto These
Yellow Sands" and Daniel Maclise's "Priscilla Horton as Ariel."
"Victorian Fairy Painting" was organized by the UI Museum
of Art and the Royal Academy of Arts, London. Curator of the exhibition
is Pamela White Trimpe, assistant director and curator of painting and
sculpture at the UI Museum of Art, working with Jane Martineau of the Royal
Academy of Arts, London, and independent scholar Charlotte Gere.
The exhibition and its companion book examine the portrayal of fairies
in art and literature from the late 18th to the early 20th centuries. The
exhibition includes more than 70 paintings by both well and lesser known
artists, including J.M.W. Turner, John Everett Millais, Richard Dadd, John
Anster Fitzgerald, Daniel Maclise, Edwin Landseer, Richard Doyle and Arthur
The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City,
is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots
across from the museum on Riverside Drive, and adjacent to the UI Alumni
Center, which is just north of the museum.