In Chelsea, S&M Goes High-Fashion, Pastels Go High-Octane

Balenciaga by Demna Gvasalia, part of “Power Mode: The Force of a Fashion” at the FIT Museum. Puffer coat, red polyester, duck down, metal, fall 2016, France. (Museum purchase)
The Fashion Institute’s museum and the FLAG Art Foundation mount new shows.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE L ast week, I wrote about Poster House, the new museum on 23rd Street in Chelsea focusing on poster art, a discrete medium that’s both a print, usually a lithograph, and produced on a massive scale for advertising. From Toulouse-Lautrec to circus posters and recruitment art in wartime to movie posters and protest art, posters have a special magic and, now, a new place of pride. It’s the only poster museum in the country. I adored one of the two shows on view but thought that the other — with its trite, boring posters from the 2017 Women’s March in D.C.

(Photograph: Steven Probert)

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