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Anni Albers: Leading textile artist of the 20th century

Anni Albers: Leading textile artist of the 20th century

Anni Albers - With Verticals, 1946, cotton and linen, 154.9 x 118.1 cm
Anni Albers – With Verticals, 1946, cotton and linen, 154.9 x 118.1 cm

Introduction

Anni Albers was a well known German textile artist and prominent printmaker. She is perhaps one of the most well-known print artists of the 20th century. Albers dared to go where no textile designer had gone before, which in part helped to launch her designs into popularity. Born in Berlin, Albers became a student of the Bauhaus in Weimar which is where she met and married Josef Albers. Albers sometimes with help from her husband managed to blur traditional boundaries that existed between craft and art. Albers blended her talent as a painter, designer, artist, and teacher to create a highly successful career that lasted over 60 years.

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Michelangelo Pistoletto’s nude Venus inspects a rag of clothes (sfw)

Michelangelo Pistoletto’s nude Venus inspects a rag of clothes (sfw)

Michelangelo Pistoletto - Venus of the Rags, 1967, 1974
Michelangelo PistolettoVenus of the Rags, 1967, 1974, Marble and textiles, 2120 x 3400 x 1100 mm

Michelangelo Pistoletto’s (b. 1933) Venus of the Rags contrasts the life-sized statue of the Roman goddess of love, beauty and fertility. Pistoletto’s depiction stands with a large pile of vibrantly colored and discarded clothes that are mounded on the ground, positioned with her back to the viewers, her face and body rest against the pile of fabrics that upsurges before her, so her face is ultimately veiled.

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Yin Xiuzhen puts 14m long minibus in MoMA and other museums

Yin Xiuzhen puts 14m long minibus in MoMA and other museums

Yin Xiuzhen - Collective Subconscious

Yin XiuzhenCollective Subconscious, 2007, Minibus, stainless steel, used clothes, stools, music
1420 x 140 x 190 cm

Collective Subconscious is a large-scale installation sculpture presented by Projects 92. It is an interactive installation created by Beijing based artist Yin Xiuzhen, who has spent the last twenty five years creating and displaying works that reflect her surrounding environment and her relationship with it. Her works are at once personal and environmentally engaging, and are typically site-specific. Collective Subconscious, which is composed of a bisected minivan connected by a long tube covered in a quilt made of found garments, allows viewers to enter and have a seat on a small bench, and listen to the Chinese pop song “Beijing, Beijing” emitting from the read-end speakers. It is ethereal and a place for contemplation, meant to break the silence traditionally present within the gallery space.

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You won’t find these tapestries in any church (NSFW) – Erin M. Riley interview

You won’t find these tapestries in any church (NSFW) – Erin M. Riley interview

Erin M Riley - Self Portrait 2, 72 x 48 inch, 2015

Erin M. RileySelf Portrait 2, 2015, Hand woven tapestry, hand dyed wool on a cotton warp, 182.9 x 121.9 cm

Is there a better reflection of a culture than the creatives living in it? From painters to photographers to poets, the voice of our moment is often told most aptly and timelessly through what they create. The same goes for Erin M. Riley. She has taken a look at both her own and the collective conscious of the individuals of today and laid what she sees for all to witness. 

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