Over the next few weeks I'm going to be looking at some of my favourite textile artists c.1960s to the present day and who best to start with but Magdalena. The sheer size of these works are outstanding, the Bois-le-Duc, measuring 65-feet-long, 26-feet-tall. (pictured top right).
'Abakanowicz’s work came to international attention through the emotional intensity of its engagement with fibre and textiles. Her ‘Abakans’—a generic title for a series of interrelated works described by the artist as ‘textile situations’—are woven structures in which shaped tapestry elements are assembled to form enveloping installations'.
Magdalena has a website here.
Magdalena Abakanowicz podcast
National Gallery of Australia