Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Snippets of Textile Beauty at the Met

Today, Natalya and I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see the Matisse exhibition,  Matisse: In Search of True Painting.  But before we could even step a foot into the gallery, we were sidetracked by these beauties along the way:

Tent Divider (Te Saqwit); Sudan, Beja peoples; 19th - 20th century;
Cotton, leather, beads, cowrie, shells, palm leaf

Ceremonial wrapper (Dodot Bangun Tulak Alas Alasan); Indonesia; Central Java;
19th - early 20th century; Cotton, gold leaf, adhesive

Olga De Amaral, Colombian; "Alquimia XIII", Wall Hanging, 1984
Linen, rice paper, gesso, indigo red and gold leaf

"Peacock" Chair,  2009, Dror Benshetrit, Israeli
Felt with powder varnish, metal base

Aren't these gorgeous?  Oh, I could spend days wandering the great halls of the Met.

But, I've been sidetracked again.  The next post will be about the Matisse exhibition including a brief, informal sidebar with the curator (so cool!).


Kristin L said...

Oh yes, those are definitely side-track worthy. I really want to sit in that chair!

Karen L R said...

Fabric tells so many stories. These photos are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.