Textile Society of America


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In Approaching Textiles, Varying Viewpoints: Proceedings of the Seventh Biennial Symposium of the Textile Society of America, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2000


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Contemporary works made of fiber or incorporating textile techniques frequently encounter an identity crisis. Craft? Fiber Art? Fine Art? How do these descriptions limit marketability and representation of the work, or, conversely, open up new horizons for talented artists? The owners of five galleries presented their viewpoints with specific reference to the focus of their galleries, the artists they represent, and the context in which they present textile-related works to the viewing public. They addressed the following issues: How did these galleries evolve their specific visions? Where is their emphasis: on materials and techniques, craftsmanship, or artistic content and expression? What criteria - aesthetic and economic - do they use to cultivate new artists for their galleries?