Antonio Lopez was many things: illustrator, photographer, lover of nightlife, discoverer of models and muses (Jerry Hall, Grace Jones), friend of Karl Lagerfeld (designer for Chloé at the time). But above all, he was an always-on recorder of the fashions and social swirls of the 1970s and 1980s, stamping publications from Vogue to the New York Times—not to mention campaigns for YSL and Valentino—with his exuberant, expressive strokes of form and lashes of color. By the time of his death nearly 25 years ago of AIDS complications, he had become (nearly) as famous and (definitely) as sought-after as those he rendered in ink, watercolor and Polaroids.
Along with a Rizzoli monograph due out in two weeks, Lopez is the subject of an exhibition at The Suzanne Geiss Company. Opening September 7, Antonio’s World will examine and celebrate three decades of his creative output, including unpublished drawings and photos, as well as various items culled from the Estate of Antonio Lopez and Juan Ramos, his partner and collaborator. Designers routinely cite Lopez, now a cultural touchstone of the era, as an inspiration for their collections; this show might shed light on why they keep coming back for more.
The Suzanne Geiss Company, 76 Grand Street, NYC