browngrotta arts' Milestone Exhibition: Still Crazy After All These Years...30 Years in Art

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This April 22nd to April 30th, more than 80 artists from Europe, Asia, North and South America and the UK will participate in "Still Crazy After All These Years…30 years in art" at browngrotta arts, presenting wall works, art textiles and indoor and outdoor sculptures in browngrotta arts’ barn, only open to the public 10 days each year. Artists’ Opening and Reception: Saturday, April 22, 2017,1 p.m. to 6 p.m.; post-opening Hours: April 23rd to 30th, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; artist list below.

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Fiber art is ideal for awkward spaces, solving many specific design problems – which architects and designers love – as a textural counterpoint or even as an acoustical aid.

Since breaking ground in the 80s, browngrotta arts has been carefully curating and exhibiting emerging and established artists who celebrate the exploration of fiber art techniques and who understand the possibilities of soft materials. These are artists who helped to build a whole new field of art – fiber sculpture, art baskets, weaving, plaiting and other related means of fabrication. These became ways to create work for a wall, build a sculpture, conceive an installation or support a performance. And to that end, browngrotta arts has been chartering new waters in art to showcase and provide unique sculptural and mixed media works to the trade for commercial and residential spaces.

From the early mid-20th century pioneering days to the newest possibilities in fiber optic art – browngrotta arts’ stable of fiber artists spans five exhilarating decades. browngrotta arts has worked with numerous design and architectural firms including: Clodagh Design, Jean Efron Art Consultants, Powell/Kleinschmidt, Mark Finlay Architect, Fifield/Piaker/Elman Architects PC, Osage Art Consultancy in Hong Kong, Jack Levy Design, ICArt, Lisa Austin & Associates, O’Connor & Associates Art Advisors and Linda Bird, Ltd.

“Fiber art is ideal for awkward spaces, solving many specific design problems – which architects and designers appreciate – as a textural counterpoint or even as an acoustical aid,” notes gallery co-owner Tom Grotta.

The Art World’s New Material Obsession: Fiber
Indeed, fiber art is on fire. Its natural mutable capabilities enable an artist to express exponential creative possibilities in many forms - from wall art to sculptural art as the Wall Street Journal noted in an August 2015 article, The Art World’s New Material Obsession: Fiber.

Individual client work features collaborations in architecturally significant homes by Richard Meier, Olson Kundig Architects and Kengo Kuma & Associates. browngrotta arts’ placement of artists’ works includes pieces by Sheila Hicks, Ed Rossbach, Masakazu Kobayashi, Magdalena Abakanowicz and many others in residences, commercial spaces and major museum collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Art Museum, the Museum of Arts and Design, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Yale Art Gallery.

browngrotta arts kicks off its 2017 milestone celebration with an extensive exhibition at its renowned barn/home in Wilton, CT: Art in the Barn, "Still Crazy After All These Years…30 years in art," Milestone Exhibition in Wilton, CT April 22-30.

An Unusual Business Model from the Start
Rather than being in the typical gallery, browngrotta arts promotes the work of more than 100, finely curated, contemporary artists from the UK, Asia, Europe and North and South America without a retail space. Instead, browngrotta arts opens its barn/home for 10 days a year… publishing vivid, full-color art catalogs in its basement (48 to date), attending annual art fairs and partnering with public venues such as:

browngrotta arts’ 30 years of success can be attributed to three things: first and foremost - the quality of the artists it promotes. Secondly, browngrotta arts’ ability to provide lush but accurate photographs of individual works in catalogs and through its robust digital presence on and other social media sites has greatly extended its success. Lastly, browngrotta arts offers virtual installations of works (to scale and with shadow) in their proposed locations – something clients, architects, designers, and architectural librarians find very valuable, explains gallery co-owner Tom Grotta,

“Because fiber art is dimensional art, digital placement makes it so much easier
to see and experience the art in a home or corporate space,” explains co-owner Tom Grotta.

We invite you to attend browngrotta arts’ 30th anniversary kick-off event: Art in the Barn, "Still Crazy After All These Years…30 years in art:" Milestone Exhibition Wilton, CT April 22-30, 2017.

For a media invitation to our press previews at 12 p.m. on Sat. April 22 or 9 a.m. on Mon. April 24th, please contact Max Fanwick at 203.434.0179.

Artist list: Adela Akers • Dona Anderson • Jane Balsgaard • Jo Barker • Dail Behennah • Nancy Moore Bess • Marian Bijlenga • Sara Brennan • Pat Campbell • Lia Cook • Włodzimierz Cygan • Mariá Eugenia Dávila • Lizzie Farey • Carole Frève • John Garrett • Mary Giles • Norie Hatakeyama • Helena Hernmarck • Agneta Hobin • Kazue Honma • Kiyomi Iwata • Ritzi Jacobi • Ferne Jacobs • Stéphanie Jacques • Tim Johnson • Christine Joy • Tamiko Kawata • Marianne Kemp • Anda Klancic • Lewis Knauss • Nancy Koenigsberg • Yasuhisa Kohyama • Lilla Kulka • Kyoko Kumai • Lawrence Labianca • Gyöngy Laky • Sue Lawty • Jennifer Falck Linssen • Åse ljones • Kari Lønning • Dona Look • Federica Luzzi • Dawn MacNutt • Rachel Max • John McQueen • Mary Merkel-Hess • Norma Minkowitz • Judy Mulford • Laura Foster Nicholson • Leon Niehues • Keiji Nio • Gudrun Pagter • Simone Pheulpin • Eduardo Portillo • Michael Radyk • Scott Rothstein • Heidrun Schimmel • Hisako Sekijima • Kay Sekimachi • Naoko Serino • Sylvia Seventy • Carol Shaw-Sutton • Karyl Sisson • Jin-Sook So • Grethe Sørensen • Polly Adams Sutton • Noriko Takamiya • Chiyoko Tanaka • Hideho Tanaka • Tsuruko Tanikawa • Blair Tate • Eva Vargo • Ulla-Maija Vikman • Wendy Wahl • Randy Walker • Gizella K. Warburton • Grethe Wittrock • Chang Yeonsoon • Jiro Yonezawa • Shin Young-ok • Mariyo Yagi • Carolina Yrarrázaval

For more information, call Max Fanwick at 203.434.0179.
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