Friday, April 30, 2010

A Different Canvas

"If art is the process or product of deliberately arranging elements in a way
that appeals to the senses or emotions, then the world might agree
that the Giotto and Morris pieces are both fundamentally works of art.
How then did Western cultures come to
assign greater value to a painting than a textile?"
Liz Harger

A Different Canvas: Series Prologue - Liz Harger - "This is the first in a number of inter-related posts, in which Venetian Red explores aspects of artist-designed textiles."

A Different Canvas: Raoul Dufy - Liz Harger - "Dufy’s textile designs are where he manipulates the decorative into sensuous and ecstatic works...Poiret saw no distinction between the fine and applied arts; he saw art and fashion as indivisible."
A Different Canvas: The British Abstractionists - Liz Harger - "While primarily known as sculptors and painters, the British “Abstractionists” Ben Nicholson (1894-1982), Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975), and Henry Moore (1898-1986) also designed a fair number of textiles...Nicholson, Hepworth, and Moore were eager to experiment with textiles; they all considered designing for the applied arts to be a legitimate part of their artistic output."
A Different Canvas: Charles Burchfield's Landscapes for Interiors - Christine Cariati - Burchfield is " interesting variation on the theme of established artists venturing into textile design and yet another example of the fruitfulness of embracing both decorative and fine art."
Other textile related posts include:
Poetic License": A Joan Schulze Retrospective" - Liz Harger
Stripped Bare: Amish Quilts at the de Young - Liz Harger
Hmong Appliqué - Liz Harger
Inner Sympathy of Meaning - Liz Harger
Venetian Red Notebook: Kuba Cloth, the Geometry of the Labyrinth - Christine Cariati
Ethnography by the Bay, Textiles - Liz Harger
Venetian Red in Berlin: Ethnological Arts from Azerbaijan - Liz Harger
Tomorrow's Headlines? Oil and Textiles in Daghestan - Liz Harger
My Own Piece of Paradise: Uzbeki Suzanis - Liz Harger


Clairan Ferrono said...

As always, Gwen, very fine reading! Thanks for the research. I hear you're going traveling with my friend Trish. Have fun!

Gwen Magee (Gwendolyn) said...

Clairan, its so much fun to find these interesting tidbits - glad you enjoy them. Trish is great.


Anonymous said...

What an incredible resource your blog is! And thank you so much for allotting such a generous amount of space for Venetian Red today. Both Christine (Cariati) and I have an abiding love of textiles. We enjoy discovering and writing about them; also they are hugely influential in our respective art work.

Keep up the good work! We're so glad we found you.

Liz Hager
Venetian Red

Gwen Magee (Gwendolyn) said...

Hi Liz, Many thanks to you and Cariati for your posts. They are so informative as well as being interesting. I'm very glad I found you.