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Lenore Tawney

American Craft Museum

Lenore Tawney is one of those rare innovators who, through the powerful example of her own work, helped to open up an entire field. As this long overdue retrospective demonstrates, contemporary fiber art received a giant boost when Tawney introduced her revolutionary woven forms in the early ’60s and set the craft on the ambitious esthetic track that still characterizes the field’s most enlightened corners today.

Tawney’s woven forms can be as sublime as a Mark Rothko, as meditative as an Agnes Martin, and as life enhancing as a Henry Moore. Tawney transcended the limitations of the craft by combining various methods of weaving and restructuring strands of fiber to give the material shape and dimension. Her poetic sensibility comes to full fruition in works like Black Woven Form (Fountain), 1966, Four Petaled Flower II, 1974, Dark River, The King I, The Queen, and Lekythos, all 1962. These

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