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Weaving Modernism


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K. L. H. Wells is assistant professor of art history at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.


"Wells invites the reader to see tapestry as an integral, even defining part of postwar art and brings new attention to a fascinating but often overlooked art form."-Lorraine Karafel, Journal of Design History

"Deeply archival and amply illustrated, the book brings to light a wealth of tapestry projects, many of them little known . . . Most important, though, the study offers a powerful new approach to well-worn debates about the relationship of art and decoration."-Emily Warner, West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture

[An] excellent text [. . .] and a range of images that amplify the author's points and are in many cases not often illustrated elsewhere -Mary Shoeser, Selvedge

"[A]n insightful and well-researched addition to the literature on Modernist tapestry production...No longer a backdrop to the more prominent debates on Modernist painting, such studies are beginning to bring the medium of tapestry to the fore."-Ann Coxon, The Burlington Magazine

Winner of the 2020 SECAC Award for Excellence in Scholarly Research and Publication

"In her excellent and well-researched analysis of postwar tapestry, Wells challenges our understandings of both modernism and the decorative arts, contributing a new and much needed picture of modernism's complex relationship with textiles."-Elissa Auther, Museum of Arts and Design and the Bard Graduate Center

"Weaving Modernism is a masterful, broad-ranging study on the history of modern tapestry, making clear its importance to the overall history of modern art through fascinating archival research."-Bibiana Obler, author of Intimate Collaborations: Kandinsky and Munter, Arp and Taeuber

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