By the time Newton-John donned aerobics gear for the Physical video, Lopez had begun to blaze a new path in his dynamic career, focusing on the beauty of the human form in a series of renderings of dancers from The Louis Falco Dance Company.
Completed between 1982-1985, Lopez’s 12 black and white pencil drawings and four large-scale watercolours offer an intimate look at the artist’s early efforts to move out of fashion and into the realms of fine art. The works will be on view in Antonio Lopez: Let Me Hear Your Body Talk, opening March 5 at Daniel Cooney Fine Art in New York.
Since the late 1960s, López has begun to revolutionise high fashion by using models of colour in his work for publications like Vogue, Interview and Vanity Fair. They included Grace Jones, Pat Cleveland, Cathee Dahmen, and Tina Chow, while his other favoured models, Jessica Lange, Jerry Hall, and Warhol Superstars Donna Jordan, Jane Forth, and Patti D’Arbanville became collectively known as ‘Antonio’s Girls’.
“Antonio was moving away from fashion although he kept his foot in the fashion world; there was such a demand from Vogue and those people,” says artist Paul Caranicas, executor of the Estate of Antonio Lopez and Juan Ramos, and the author of Antonio’s People (Thames & Hudson, 2004). “This was the very beginning of a lot of personal work that he did. I think he really wanted to be a part of the art world the way Andy Warhol had done.”