Fiber: Sculpture 1960-Present

Fiber: Sculpture 1960-Present
Library Shelf Location 21.PORT
Publication Date 2014

This lavish book documents the developments in the field of fiber-related art over the past half century.

The 1960s saw a revolution in fiber art. Where once the focus was on knotting, twining, and coiling thread into works that were immediately recognizable, and therefore connected to utilitarian crafts, fiber artists of the later 20th-century began to experiment with abstract forms that were closer to sculpture than craft. Influenced by postmodernist ideas, these works are the product of experimentation with materials and technique while at the same time confronting important cultural issues. This book traces that development from the mid-twentiethcentury to the present. In the words of Bauhaus weaver Anni Albers, the expressive quality of fiber is essentially a “language of thread.” That language is beautifully displayed in full-color spreads and individual illustrations in this book. Scholarly essays address the feminist movement of the 1970s; the expanded use of materials in the ‘80s and ‘90s; and the more recent employment of fiber as one more material in the creation of freestanding works. In addition to a section of fullcolor illustrations, this book also includes profiles of all of the genre’s most influential artists.

ISBN 9783791353821
Quantity 1
Pages 256
Editor Jenelle Porter
Format Hardback
Publishers Prestel Publishing, New York, DelMonico Books
Related Artists Magdalena Abakanowicz, Olga de Amaral, Xenobia Bailey, Alexandra Bircken, Jagoda Buic, Alexandre da Cunha, Ria van Eyk, Josh Faught, Elsi Giauque, Francoise Grossen, Eva Hesse, Sheila Hicks, Diane Itter, Ritzi and Peter Jacobi, Naomi Kobayashi, Beryl Korot, Ruth Laskey, Aurelia Munoz, Ernesto Neto, Sheila Pepe, Robert Rohm, Ed Rossbach, Kay Sekimachi, Barbara Shawcroft, Alan Shields, Sherri Smith, Jean Stamsta, Lenore Tawney, Rosemarie Trockel, Piotr Uklanski, Faith Wilding, Anne Wilson, Haegue Yang, Claire Zeisler
Categories Sculpture, Contemporary Craft
Keywords Fiber/Fibre, Fiber Art, Feminism

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