Featuring Jeffrey Gibson, Woven Histories: Textiles and Modern Abstraction foregrounds a robust if over-looked strand in art history’s modernist narratives by tracing how, when, and why abstract art intersected with woven textiles (and such pre-loom technologies as basketry, knotting, and netting) over the past century. Although at times unevenly weighted, the diverse exchanges, alignments, affiliations, and affinities that have brought these art forms into dialogue constitute an ongoing if intermittent narrative in which one art repeatedly impacts and even redefines the other. In short, the relationship between abstract art and woven textiles can best be described as co-constitutive, and their histories as interdependent. With over 150 works by an international and transhistorical roster of artists, this exhibition reveals how shifting relations among abstract art, fashion, design, and craft shaped recurrent aesthetic, cultural, and socio-political forces, as they, in turn, were impacted by modernist art forms.
Following the presentation at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the exhibition will travel to the National Gallery, Washington (March 17 –J uly 28, 2024); National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (October 25, 2024 – March 2, 2025) and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
Woven Histories is also accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, co-publised by the National Gallery of Art and the University of Chicago Press.
Image: Jeffrey Gibson, The Anthropophagic Effect, Garment No. 4, 2019. Collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington. Courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York; Roberts Projects, Los Angeles; Stephen Friedman Gallery, London