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Craigie Horsfield and Tapestry

LOCATED JUST OUTSIDE GHENT in Belgium, oil painting’s Northern Renaissance site of origin and, coincidentally, one of the prime centers of modern machine-made carpet production, there is a place called Flanders Tapestries that specializes in weaving jacquard tapestries from photographs: scanning ambitious photographs by contemporary artists and creating digital files that guide the weaving of large modern wall hangings that are then exhibited as artworks in galleries or museums, rather as medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque tapestries used to adorn palace walls, combining the function of high-ambition pictorial representation with that of the decorative warming of large, cold interiors. Flanders Tapestries is not the only contemporary tapestry works ever to have done such a thing, but its photo-tapestries are different from other desultory efforts in this direction in that they are

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