Rike Frank & Grant Watson (Eds.)
An essential characteristic of textiles is their richly intertextual nature. Textiles: Open Letter stems from an exhibition at Museum Abteiberg, Germany, plus an extensive research project (2010–14) examining the place of textiles in the history of art and culture, media, society and technology through various voices. Representing traditions found in both applied and fine arts, textiles hover between formalism and functionalism; as objects and techniques, they mediate between self and world, between affect-driven and knowledge-driven processes of appropriation. Functionally versatile, textiles are the fulcrum of an ensemble of activities, and illustrate relations between subject and object, material and immaterial, artistic and artisanal labor, and different cultures. The contributions in this book reflect on this complex interplay, the attendant conflicts and antagonisms of power and value, and the interaction of artistic processes within their contexts.
Hardcover / 7 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches / 312 pp / 47 b&w and 128 color
Retail Price: $52.00
GENERALI FOUNDATION, VIENNA
MUSEUM ABTEIBERG, MöNCHENGLADBACH