6 Duke Street
London, SWIY 6BN United Kingdom
Tuesday, April 24, 2012–Friday, May 18, 2012
The Aschers' work in textiles and art represent the postwar ambition to do something different, something avant-garde. Their vision was to promote optimism in a postwar society that was often dreary and depressing. The concept of the Ascher Squares--of collaboration between artist and designer, of freedom within an industry that had always been highly structured--was new. No instruction was given, no restriction placed upon creativity. "Make art" was the request, "let inspiration be the guide." The artists so employed represented a cross-section of Europe itself. They were English, Spanish, Greek, Russian, American, French in a sense, the Ascher Square is both a representation of postwar liberation and the state of art in the whole of Europe at the time.