Thursday, March 10, 2011

Thread Reviews

Check out my review of the recent Artforum article Sewing notions, craft and commerce, here.


Oskar said...

I tried to post this on the Textile Center Blog, but it seems that comments are down.

I always find these discussions troubling, because they fail to take into account the fact that artists who work with thread, fiber, crafting methods, what have you, have always been celebrated in the art world. (Although to a lesser extent in North America.) There are literally scores of important artists who have made these methods an integral part of their work. I think that perhaps the problem here is thinking that an artist using craft in their work is somehow novel, and I believe it comes from our lack of knowledge about art history. And that's not an insult. Artists have never been as publicly celebrated as our musicians, actors, and sports figures. Perhaps dancers are the only ones who are less recognized, so it's no wonder that on a whole, these works are not known outside of the art world. My point is, how many people know that one of Francis Bacon's biggest influences was Jean Lurcat? How many people know that one of the most expensive pieces of art lost in the World Trade Center on September 11 was a tapestry by Joan Miro created for the space? How many people know about Henry Moore's textiles? How many people know that our definitions of Fine Art and Craft largely come from Vasari and Kant? This kind of “overlooking” is not just reserved for crafting methods in art, it's constant in other mediums as well. Schiele may be experiencing a resurgence of popularity, but few people recognize Kokoscha and Mopp's influence on his work. Until we really start educating ourselves about the work that came before us, we're going to be constrained by ideas and augments that were largely explored by Duchamp's readymades.

Joetta M. said...

thank you so much for your thoughtful comment. So sorry it was not posting on the textile blog. I will try to get it up there if I can.