Global apparel retailer UNIQLO will start selling a collection of all nine winning designs from its Draw Your World-themed UT (UNIQLO T-shirt) Grand Prix 2020 design contest last February 26, 2021. The 2020 contest was held in collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. UNIQLO has run the UT Grand Prix since 2005 to foster creativity and talent around the world. The contest highlights the UT ethos of celebrating T-shirts as blank canvases on which to make art accessible, and enjoyable for all.
Winning entries chosen by a panel of distinguished judges
UNIQLO worked with MoMA for the UT GRAND PRIX 2020, inviting three internationally renowned artists whose work is featured in MoMA’s collection as contest judges: Lawrence Weiner, Paula Scher, and Sarah Morris. They selected nine winning works from numerous entries. The Grand Prix recipient impressed the judges by integrating elements of images from 1940s and1950s comic books from around the world.
UNIQLO is MoMA’s proud partner of #ArtForAll.
UNIQLO has been a major partner with MoMA in its mission to make art accessible to all by providing free access to the museum and broadening cultural impact. Since 2013, nearly three million visitors have enjoyed complimentary admission to MoMA’s collection, exhibitions, and film screenings through this generous sponsorship. UNIQLO’s partnership with MoMA also includes apparel and accessory lines inspired by artists in MoMA’s collection. Through this collaboration, millions around the world have been able to wear art on their sleeves.
Launch date: Friday, February 26, 2021
Pricing: Php 790.00
No. of designs: 12 UTs (six each for men and women)
Availability: Men’s and Women’s S – XL available in All Stores
Men’s 2XL/3XL available in UNIQLO Online Store/UNIQLO APP
Women’s XS/2XL available in UNIQLO Online Store/UNIQLO APP
Special website: https://www.uniqlo.com/utgp/2020/ph/
Isabel Santos (Philippines)
Winner’s comments – My approach philosophically was deconstruction and fragmentation. I took elements and shapes from images and combined them into a single picture. This is both bewilderingly chaotic and familiar. I like that feeling. I was also drawn to the notion printing on an entire shirt. I chose images from 1940s and 1950s comics from around the world.
Amandine Leforestier (United States, nationality: French)
Winner’s comments – Regarding this work, I wanted to create a pattern that combines flowers and animal spots. I was first inspired by the poppy, and then I detached myself from the floral reprocessing by playing with the shapes of the petals and the colors in order to evoke a tawny coat, and thus associate fragility with animalistic character.
Melissa Holstein (Germany)
Winner’s comments – The contact wire design represents the interface between the cityscape and life. It is based on analog black and white photography. The aesthetic inspiration behind it is the concept of accepting transience and imperfection.
Lawrence Weiner – Since the 1960s, Lawrence Weiner has made art that explores materials and their relationships to people. He makes his work using language along with lots of different signs and symbols. He makes it this way because he believes that when people see his work, they can think about their own picture of it because everybody has different experiences with things.
Paula Scher is a graphic designer and painter. She has been a principal in the New York office of Pentagram since 1991, where she has designed identity and branding systems, environmental graphics, packaging and publications for a wide range of clients. Her large-scale paintings of maps reinterpret society’s approach to data and our visual representation of the trafficked environment.
Sarah Morris is known for her complex abstractions both in film and painting and is one of the most intriguing artists of her generation. Morris’s paintings explore the codes and power structures of architecture and cultural symbols. Color and form are central to the work and remain resolutely social. Strategies of communication remain at the heart of Morris’s work. She is interested in ‘the most simplified, coded way to have a conversation with the viewer.’
The Museum of Modern Art in New York City is the world’s home for modern and contemporary art. Founded in 1929, MoMA was the first museum dedicated to new art and this bold, experimental vision continues to guide us today. We share the most thought-provoking and resonant works, from painting to performance, and are a place of creativity and inspiration for all.
About the UT Grand Prix
UNIQLO has conducted its UT Grand Pix design competition since 2005 to foster creativity and talent around the world. The contest is open to anyone regardless of age, gender, or nationality. Previous contest themes have included Marvel, Nintendo, and Pokémon, and have attracted numerous entries, with winning designs being sold around the globe.
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