Kusama, Kusama posing in Aggregation: One Thousand Boats Show 1963. Installation
view, Gertrude Stein Gallery, New York, 1963. © Yayoi Kusama and © Yayoi Kusama
Elaine Reichek, Gray Man, 1989. Knitted
wool yarn and gelatin silver print. Overall 65 x 71 inches.
Alighiero Boetti, Alternando da uno a cento e viceversa, 1993.
© Alighiero Boetti Estate by DACS / SIAE, 2012,
courtesy Fondazione Alighiero e Boetti
This month, we focus
on three artists all of whom use textiles, but for different reasons. I had planned to write about Elaine Reichek, an artist
who uses thread rather than paint to create her work. It must have been kismet that Anna Leung chose to write about Yayoi
Kusama, a woman conceptual artist who works with many materials, but most prominently with textile-covered objects adorned
with her signature polka dots. And Floriana Piqué writes about Alighiero Boetti, an Italian artist of an earlier generation,
also a conceptual artist who uses embroidery in his work and is best know for his series of embroidered maps of the world.
I hope this reading brings you warmth and interesting thoughts for the
The Art Section