In collaboration with Sabine Folie, Georgia Holz, Susanne Titz
Texts by Elissa Auther, Sabeth Buchmann, Rike Frank, Judith Raum, Seth Siegelaub, T’ai Smith, Georg Vasold, Leire Vergara, Grant Watson
One essential characteristic of textiles is their richly intertextual nature. Their contemporary appeal and historicity derive from their place in the history of art and culture as well as in the history of media, society, and technology. Representing traditions found in both applied and fine arts, textiles hover between formalism and functionalism; as objects and techniques, they mediate between relations to the self and relations to the world, between affect-driven and knowledge-driven processes of appropriation. Functionally versatile—as objects of utility and media of an abstract (visual) language—textiles read as the fulcrum of an ensemble of activities, and illustrate specific entanglements that, since the beginning of modernity, have transformed the relations between subject and object, the material and the immaterial, artistic and artisanal labor, and different cultures.
This publication examines the referential and analytical qualities of textiles through both contemporary and historical works. The contributions in this book reflect on the complex interplay between the various functions and connotations of textiles—such as the emphasis on their tactile qualities or the artistic value attributed to them—and the attendant conflicts and antagonisms that articulate relations of power and value and of the interaction of artistic processes with their overarching contexts.
Textiles: Open Letter stems from an exhibition at the Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, and a research project (2010–14) initiated by Rike Frank and Grant Watson. Including the following artists; Magdalena Abakanowicz, Anni Albers, Carl Andre, Leonor Antunes, Tonico Lemos Auad, Thomas Bayrle, Jagoda Buic, Heinrich Clasing, Yael Davids, Sofie Dawo, Ria van Eyk, Hans Finsler, Elsi Giauque, Sheela Gowda, Eva Hesse, Sheila Hicks, Loes van der Horst, Johannes Itten, Elisabeth Kadow, Paul Klee, Benita Koch-Otte, Heinrich Koch, Beryl Korot, Konrad Lueg, Agnes Martin, Katrin Mayer, Cildo Meireles, Kitty van der Mijll Dekker, Nasreen Mohamedi, Walter Peterhans, Edith Post-Eberhardt, Josephine Pryde, Florian Pumhösl, Grete Reichardt, Elaine Reichek, Willem de Rooij, Desirée Scholten, Johannes Schweiger, Gunta Stölzl, Lenore Tawney, Rosemarie Trockel
Copublished with Generali Foundation, Vienna, and Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach
Design by Martha Stutteregger
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JAPAN INTERIOR DESIGN
No.298, January 1984
One of Japan’s finest magazines for interior design and home furnishings, edited by Moriyama Kazuhiko.
JAPAN INTERIOR DESIGN presents a monthly comprehensive view of traditional, contemporary, and contemplated environmental designs and pure art forms both Japanese and foreign, through pictures and critical reviews. English captions and summaries of major articles are provided.
Very rare, this issue includes a huge feature on UGO LA PIETRA = THE EXHIBITION “LA CASA TELEMATICA” with essay by Gianfranco Bettetini, Aldo Grasso, Ugo La Pietra collaboration & essay: Kazuko Sato.
Also includes “Fiber Art Exhibition by Ten Foreign Artists” essay: Shinichi Asai; Beauty House “ACHE” design: the air. Kenji Oki, Hisako Watanabe; Boutique “KENZO SAPPORO” design: Setsuo Kitaoka; ’83 THE 10TH TOKYO INTERNATIONAL LIGHTING DESIGN COMPETITION > & < LIGHTING DESIGN BY INVITED DESIGNERS EXHIBITION (including Shiro Kuramata, Issey Miyake and many more), essay: Katsuhiro Yamaguchi; Object Made of New Material “COLOR CORE”; Furniture “TAKAGU” Designed by Tsutomu Imazaki; New Furniture Designed by Gerd Lange; “A Atelier” architect: Ikuyo Mitsuhashi; Product Design of the Month = Ball-Pen & Razor design: Pentagram, and much more.
* Condition: Very Good (clean and tight, only light general shelf wear and slight tanning) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.
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