Aug 13, 2020 - Sale 2544

Sale 2544 - Lot 145

Price Realized: $ 5,250
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,500 - $ 2,500

ANTONIO LOPEZ (1943-1987)

Illustrée par Antonio. Voici la mode boutique été soixante treize."
Fashion illustration featuring Eija Vehka Aho and an unknown model published in Depeche Mode, November, 1972. Graphite and colored pencil on paper. 432x318 mm; 17x12 1/2 inches, on 19 3/4x15 1/4-inch sheet. Unsigned. Registration marks in margins. Verso blank. 1972.

Provenance: The artist (to 1980s); gifted to a friend and colleague, New York.

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An out and proud Nuyorican, LGBTQ advocate, and fashion icon, Lopez was one of the most influential image- and tastemakers of the 1960s through the 80's, mainly in New York. He fought against the latent racism that existed at the time by expanding definitions of beauty and championing women of color and unconventional beauty like LaBrie, as well as Jerry Hall, Pat Cleveland, Alva Chinn, Grace Jones, Amina Warsuma, Jane Forth and Donna Jordan.

With his working and romantic partner, the art director Juan Ramos, the avant-garde duo broke barriers by bringing street fashion and a charged sexuality, often a gender-fluid one, onto the runways and style pages, blasting the conventionalities of postwar fashion and defining "ready-to-wear" fashion.