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What If Textiles: The Art of Gerhardt Knodel

What If Textiles: The Art of Gerhardt Knodel

Contributions by Janet Koplos, Shelley Selim, Douglas Dawson, Rebecca A. T. Stevens, and Gerhardt Knodel

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Richly comprehensive, this book gives us a one-of-a-kind look at all aspects of the work of internationally-renowned contemporary textile artist Gerhardt Knodel. Including over 400 images, it documents the development of Knodel’s art from 1969 through 2014. Knodel became widely known for creating huge “environments of cloth” like 44 Panel Channel, a corridor of china-silk panels through which viewers walk, or the three-story-high Sky Court at Xerox world headquarters, a creation of wool, Mylar, and nylon. Knodel has transformed our view of textiles during the past 40 years, and here he describes his goals as well as his interest in the complex language of historic textiles as a stimulus to new work in the fiber medium. Experts share insights on the earlier phases of Knodel’s work; his recent work, including a focus on games; and more. Resources include a biography orienting Knodel’s influences to his works, plus an illustrated chronology.

Size: 9″ x 12″ | 425 color photos | 224 pp
ISBN13: 9780764349942 | Binding: hard cover

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Janet Koplos has been writing regularly on all art mediums for twenty-five years in newspapers, magazines, catalogs, and books. She was a senior editor at Art in America magazine in New York City, and guest editor of American Craft magazine.Shelley Selim is the Jeanne and Ralph Graham Collections Fellow at Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Her research focuses on twentieth-century and contemporary American and European design, art, and material culture. She holds an MA in the history of decorative arts and design from Parsons, the New School for Design/Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Douglas Dawson is widely respected for his commitment to understanding and interpreting ethnic textiles of diverse cultures. For more than thirty years he has traveled the world in search of fine textiles, ceramics, and metalwork representing traditional non-Western cultures, and has staged numerous exhibitions of art from pre-Columbian Americas, Asia, and Africa at Douglas Dawson Gallery in Chicago. Rebecca A. T. Stevens is Consulting Curator, Contemporary Textiles at The Textile Museum in Washington, DC. She specializes in all aspects of fiber art, organizing exhibitions, and writing catalogue essays and articles. She has served as a juror for national and international exhibitions and presented lectures on contemporary textile art on five continents.Gerhardt Knodel is a visual artist whose long career has spanned decades of development in the field of textiles as a vital component of contemporary art. Early in his career, an interest in defining a new context for his work located between art, architecture, and theater led to innovative installations in museums, corporations, and private residences across the United States, in Europe, and in Japan. His work has been presented in hundreds of national and international exhibitions, and has garnered recognition from the National Endowment for the Arts; theMichigan Foundation for the Arts; and the United States/Japan FellowshipCommission. He is an Honorary Fellow of the American Crafts Council, andreceived an honorary doctorate degree from Maryland Institute of Art. In 2014he became Director Emeritus of Cranbrook Academy of Art. This publicationcelebrates not only his past accomplishments, but offers documentation of newwork produced from 2008 through 2014 and exhibited at Wasserman Projects,Birmingham, Michigan, and at the American University Museum, Washington,DC.