September 11, 2016–January 15, 2017

This dazzling exhibition features commissions by three dozen acclaimed international artists.  It showcases these skilled artists’ ingenious use—and often-expansive definitions—of fiber, while exploring the collector/artist relationship. The commissioned works come from The Cotsen Collection.

The 36 artists whose work appears in this exhibition are Masae Bamba, James Bassler, Mary Bero, Zane Berzina, N. Dash, Virginia Davis, Carson Fox, Shigeki Fukumoto, John Garrett, Ana Lisa Hedstrom, Helena Hernmarck, Agneta Hobin, Pat Hodson, Kiyomi Iwata, Gere Kavanaugh, Ai Kijima, Hideaki Kizaki, Lewis Knauss, Nancy Koenigsberg, Gerhardt Knodel, Naomi Kobayashi, Gyöngy Laky, Paola Moreno, Jun Mitsuhashi, Kyoko Nitta, Hisako Sekijima, Barbara Murak, Cynthia Schira, Heidrun Schimmel, Carol Shinn, Sherri Smith, Hadi Tabatabai, Koji Takaki, Aune Taamal, Richard Tuttle, and Peter Weber.

Selected Works:

Color Triptyk, 2005 Helena Hernmarck b. Sweden, active Ridgefield, Connecticut Wool yarn woven in double weave with strips from sequin manufacturing Cotsen Collection, T-2506a-b Photo by Bruce M. White © Lloyd Cotsen, 2016
Fissures, 2005 Ana Lisa Hedstrom b. United States, active Emeryville, California Hand-pleated shibori-dyed silk Cotsen Collection, T-2507a Photo by Bruce M. White © Lloyd Cotsen, 2016
Spaces and Lines, 2005 Hisako Sekijima b. Japan, active Yokohama, Japan Knotted and woven walnut tree bark Cotsen Collection, T-2579a-b Photo by Bruce M. White © Lloyd Cotsen, 2016
Cosmos, 2005 Naomi Kobayashi b. Japan, active Kyoto, Japan Rolled Gampi paper marked with sumi ink; paper thread woven in plain weave Cotsen Collection, T-2580a–c Photo by Bruce M. White © Lloyd Cotsen, 2016
Untitled, 2009 Hideaki Kizaki b. Japan, active Kanazawa, Japan Handwoven jute dyed with natural dyes filled with foam and plastic pipe, and framed in cedar wood Cotsen Collection, T-3015a Photo by Bruce M. White © Lloyd Cotsen, 2016
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Exhibition Credits

This exhibition was organized by the Cotsen Foundation for Academic Research with the Racine Art Museum.

Support for artist travel has been provided by The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles.