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Weaving Beyond the Bauhaus

Art Institute / Chicago / Art

“I find this great problem that people are so inclined to think of textiles always in this useful sense,” the artist Anni Albers said in 1968. “They want to sit on it; they want to wear it. And they don’t like to think of it as something that might hang on the wall and have the qualities that a painting or a sculpture has, that you turn to it again and again and that it might possibly last for centuries.” The times have changed and fiber art has indeed won the spotlight, as well as serious scholarly consideration. This exhibition looks at the Bauhaus, its weaving workshop, and its influence on generations of postwar weavers. —L.J.

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