Curated by Dr. Nicholas Cullinan (Director, National Portrait Gallery), Frieze Masters Talks are always stellar. This year’s programme doesn’t disappoint. Belgian artist Michaël Borremans (b. 1963, Geraardsbergen) discusses his practice and career with fashion designer Dries Van Noten on Saturday 16th October.
Borremans’ seductive works contain timeless images of internal drive and external force, of the latent pressure involved in being human. Behind a veil of stylistic perfection, the artist simulates common rituals of interpretation and meaning by deliberately inserting mistakes and vagaries. His intensely atmospheric images are puzzles involving political and psychological patterns of perceiving the world, which oscillate in a camouflaging, fragile way between inexorable realism and nebulous distance.
Dries Van Noten (b. 1958 in Antwerp) is the third generation in a family of tailors. At the age of 18, Dries entered the fashion design course of Antwerp’s Royal Academy. On graduating, he began to freelance as a consultant designer before starting his own collection of menswear in 1986. Since its beginnings Dries Van Noten has presented collections for women and men for Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter each year. He celebrated his 50th fashion show in 2004 and 100th fashion show in 2017. In June 2008,the Council of Fashion Designers of America honoured Dries Van Noten with its International Designer of the Year Award. 2014 began with the grand opening of Dries Van Noten, “Inspirations”, a first ever exhibition featuring his designs and influences at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Another configuration of the exhibit moved to Antwerp in 2015.