Virgil Abloh’s Popular ‘Figures Of Speech’ Exhibit Comes To The High

Virgil Abloh
Virgil Abloh, seen here in the IKEA Prototype Shop in 2017, has an exhibit on display at the High Museum. CREDIT COURTESY OF IKEA

Virgil Abloh is known for his bold brand of fashion as the creator and lead designer of “Off-White.” He is also the artistic director of Louis Vuitton.

Abloh’s multimedia artwork is making a big impression, too.

His exhibition “Figures of Speech” was one of the highest-grossing shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and it has already proven to be wildly popular here in Atlanta at the High Museum. It’s on view now through March 8.

The focus of the exhibition is to emphasize dialogue and phrases that he attaches to his artwork. His work has resonated with younger generations due to the aesthetically pleasing backdrops and vibrant, bold letters.

Chief curator Kevin Tucker spoke with “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes about Abloh’s approach to art and design.

“Here you have this young creative force [Abloh], who’s very much interested in drawing from pop culture and his own trainings as an architect. I think that reflects a certain aspect of our time,” Tucker said.

”Everyone wants to be their own photographer, and everyone wants to be involved in making things and doing things. We see it with digital creativity, making music and all those elements. Here, we have a designer, who has worked in many different facets of the arts community, and I think so much of his appeal lies in being this energetic Renaissance person. He wants the world to be his playground, and I think that excites people.”

“You’re Obviously in the Wrong Place” exhibit
“You’re Obviously in the Wrong Place” can be found in the “Figures of Speech” exhibit at the High Museum. (Courtesy of the High Museum)

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