Tapestry Redefined: International Contemporary Tapestries - Museum of Arts & Design
2 Columbus Circle - 212-299-7777
New York, NY 10019
Description: For over 500 years, artists have created designs to be hand-woven into magnificent and imposing tapestries for elite and aristocratic clients ranging from kings to popes. In the 20th century, tapestry revivals took place in the 1930s in France under the inspiration of visual artist Jean Lurcat, and in the 1970s, guided by American tapestry maker Gloria Ross. Ross paired major artists, such as Robert Motherwell, Louise Nevelson, and Frank Stella, with expert weavers to create tapestry editions. In the last decade, tapestries have once again been at the center of an artistic renaissance.Tapestry Redefined: International Contemporary Tapestries examines tapestry as a format used by contemporary artists from around the world such as Azra Aksamija, Chuck Close, Marc Quinn, Grayson Perry, Shahzia Sikander, Kiki Smith, Fred Tomaselli and Kara Walker among others.Tapestry Redefined: International Contemporary Tapestries is the first major New York museum exhibition of contemporary art made in this historic and demanding technique and it will showcase example of works realized through both artisanal and cutting-edge digital loom weaving techniques, under the sponsorship of design studios in Europe and in the U.S.