25+ Years of International Art Textiles and Sculpture Will Be Celebrated this Fall with an Exhibition and Catalog at browngrotta arts in Wilton CT; Opening October 27th

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Work by dozens of artists from the US and abroad will be featured in "Retro/Prospective: 25+ Years of International Art Textiles and Sculpture," a catalog exhibition, that opens at browngrotta arts in Wilton, Connecticut on October 27th.

photo by Tom Grotta

tapestry by Jo Barker, silk Sculpture by Kiyomi Iwata, photo by Tom Grotta

This fall, browngrotta arts of Wilton, Connecticut will present a catalog exhibition, "Retro/Prospective: 25+ Years of Art Textiles and Sculpture" from October 26th to November 4, 2012. The exhibition will commemorate browngrotta arts' 25 years promoting international contemporary art . The comprehensive exhibition will look to the past and into the future. "The works included in "Retro/Prospective: 25+ Years of Art Textiles and Sculpture" will reflect the origins of the contemporary textile art and sculpture movement," says Tom Grotta, founder and co-curator at browngrotta arts. "There will also be current work by established and emerging artists, to explain where the movement is now and to predict what's ahead."

The artists in "Retro/Prospective: 25+ Years of Art Textiles and Sculpture" come from a wide range of countries and art backgrounds. They utilize diverse materials and techniques. Some, like Lia Cook and Gyöngy Laky from the US, are mid-career artists who have achieved international recognition. Others, like Laura Thomas of the UK, Jennifer Falck Linssen and Randy Walker of the US and recent graduate Stéphanie Jacques of Belgium, are emerging talents. The work of others, like Chang Yeonsoon, 2008 Artist of the Year at the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul, Korea and Grethe Sorensen of Denmark, has been celebrated abroad, but only rarely shown in the United States. The exhibition will also include artists whose work complements browngrotta arts' focus on art textiles, including mixed-media sculptor Lawrence LaBianca and ceramicist Yasuhisa Kohyama.

The artworks selected by browngrotta arts for "Retro/Prospective: 25+ Years of Art Textiles and Sculpture" express a powerful sensibility. John McQueen's dramatic "Centered," begun in 2007, is from his personal collection, Naoko Serino's ethereal "Generating 12" is from her most current body of work, Sue Lawty's "Calculus" is a contemplation made of thousands of tiny stones, from a series she began as artist in residence at the V&A, and Chris Drury's "Roussillon I," takes viewers on a visual adventure by combining rubbed ochre on paper and a woven map.

The catalog for "Retro/Prospective" will include a timeline of art textile events from the 40s to the present, including the Lausanne Biennials (1962 to 1995), "Fiber/Revolution" in Milwaukee in 1986, "Beyond Weaving" in Greenwich, Connecticut in 2006, and key dates for fiber pioneers like Dorothy Liebes, Lenore Tawney, Magdalena Abakanowicz and Ed Rossbach. The catalog will include two essays, one by designer Jo Ann Stabb, formerly on the design faculty at the University of California, Davis, on the emergence of contemporary textiles and fiber arts; the other by Lesley Millar, Professor of Textile Culture at the UK's University of the Creative Arts, on recent developments in the field and what's ahead.

For 25 years, browngrotta arts has promoted contemporary art textiles, sculpture and mixed media – through catalogs, art fairs, media, co-partnered exhibits at museums, art centers and retail spaces and online. "We represent a uniquely global group of artists, more than 100 in all," says Grotta. "We have hundreds of available works viewable online. It is our hope that the curated selection of work in "Retro/Prospective: 25+ Years of Art Textiles and Sculpture" will encourage collectors and designers to view more at http://www.browngrotta.com and our blog, arttextstyle." Since opening, browngrotta arts has placed works in dozens of private and corporate collections in the US and abroad, including Club Quarters in San Francisco and New York, the Okura Hotel in Macao and the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Arts and Design, Art Institute of Chicago, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Wadsworth Atheneum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The Artists Reception and Opening for "Retro/Prospective: 25+ Years of Art Textiles and Sculpture" will be held Saturday, October 27, 2012 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at browngrotta arts, 276 Ridgefield Road, Wilton, Connecticut. From October 28th through November 4th, the exhibition will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 203-834-0623; email: art(at)browngrotta(dot)com or visit http://www.browngrotta.com

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