Professor Julia Bryan-Wilson receives the 2018 Robert Motherwell Book Award

FRAY: Art and Textile Politics

Julia Bryan-Wilson
The University of Chicago Press
2018 Robert Motherwell Book Award Winner

 

Julia Bryan-Wilson has been awarded the 2018 Robert Motherwell Book Award for her book FRAY: Art and Textile Politics (The University of Chicago Press). The award carries a prize of $10,000.

The jury for the award was Susan Davidson (Robert Rauschenberg Foundation), James Leggio (Brooklyn Museum), and Katy Siegel (The Baltimore museum of Art/Stony Brook University).

 

Closely examining how amateurs and fine artists in the United States and Chile turned to sewing, braiding, knotting, and quilting amid the rise of global manufacturing, Julia Bryan-Wilson’s FRAY: Art and Textile Politics argues that textiles unravel the high/low divide and urges us to think flexibly about what the politics of textiles might be. Her case studies from the 1970s through the 1990s—including the improvised costumes of the theater troupe the Cockettes, the braided rag rugs of US artist Harmony Hammond, the thread-based sculptures of Chilean artist Cecilia Vicuña, the small hand-sewn tapestries depicting Pinochet’s torture, and the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt—are often taken as evidence of the inherently progressive nature of handcrafted textiles. Fray, however, shows that such methods are recruited to often ambivalent ends, leaving textiles very much “in the fray” of debates about feminized labor, protest cultures, and queer identities; the malleability of cloth and fiber means that textiles can be activated, or stretched, in many ideological directions.  The first contemporary art history book to discuss both fine art and amateur registers of handmaking at such an expansive scale, Fray unveils crucial insights into how textiles inhabit the broad space between artistic and political poles—high and low, untrained and highly skilled, conformist and disobedient, craft and art.

 

Julia Bryan-Wilson is Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at the University of California, Berkeley; she is also the Director of the Berkeley Arts Research Center. She is the author of Art Workers: Radical Practice in the Vietnam War Era (California, 2009); and Art in the Making: Artists and Their Materials from the Studio to Crowdsourcing (with Glenn Adamson, Thames & Hudson, 2016). With Andrea Andersson, she curated the exhibition Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen.

Image and text from dedalusfoundation.org


New Publication By Professor Julia Bryan-Wilson: Trevor Paglen at the Limit

Be sure to read Professor Julia Bryan-Wilson’s survey essay, Trevor Paglen at the Limit,  in the new monograph, Trevor Paglen by Phaidon press.

Trevor Paglen by Phaidon Press

“Julia Bryan Wilson, in her Survey text, offers a chronological analysis of Paglen’s oeuvre, using geometric terms such as ‘voids’ and ‘lines’ as entry points into the work and to highlight both the multi-dimensionality and formal rigour of Paglen’s practice. ”

“Trevor Paglen’s art gives visual geography to hidden forces, relentlessly pursuing what he calls the ‘unseeable and undocumentable’ in contemporary society. Blending photography, installation, investigative journalism, and science, Paglen explores the clandestine activity of government and intelligence agencies, using high-grade equipment to document their movements and reveal their hidden inner workings. This book presents over three decades of Paglen’s groundbreaking work, making visible the structures and technologies that impact our lives.” -Phaidon


New Publication from Professor Lauren Kroiz

The recent publication Cultivating Citizens: the Regional Work of Art in the New Deal Era by Lauren Kroiz, Associate Professor of Art History,  is now available from U.C. Press.

Cultivating Citizens by Lauren Kroiz

From the U.C. Press website:

“A model of stylistic clarity and scholarly research, Lauren Kroiz’s book is an in-depth, riveting analysis of the intersection of art, pedagogy, and the careers of Thomas Hart Benton, John Steuart Curry, and Grant Wood. The new information and fresh perspectives she provides make her book a required text for any serious student of Regionalism.”— Barbara Haskell, curator, Whitney Museum of American Art

Cultivating Citizens focuses on Regionalists and their critics as they worked with and against universities, museums, and the burgeoning field of sociology. Lauren Kroiz shifts the terms of an ongoing debate over subject matter and style, producing the first study of Regionalist art education programs and concepts of artistic labor.”

 

 

 


May New Books in Art History

You can find these and other new art history acquisitions on the New Books shelf in the Art History / Classics Library.

Rubens : the power of transformation
Rubens : the power of transformation

 

Drachenlandung : ein Hildesheimer Drachen-Aquamanile des 12. Jahrhunderts
Drachenlandung : ein Hildesheimer Drachen-Aquamanile des 12. Jahrhunderts

 

Culturescapes Greece : archaeology of the future
Culturescapes Greece : archaeology of the future

 

Complementary contrasts : the glass and steel structures of Albert Paley
Complementary contrasts : the glass and steel structures of Albert Paley

 

Chiharu Shiota : under the skin
Chiharu Shiota : under the skin

April New Books in Art History

You can find these and other new art history acquisitions on the New Books shelf in the Art History / Classics Library.

HAP Grieshaber und der Holzschnitt : Sammlung Würth und Leihgaben
HAP Grieshaber und der Holzschnitt : Sammlung Würth und Leihgaben

 

Transmedium : conceptualism 2.0 and the new object art
Transmedium : conceptualism 2.0 and the new object art

 

Miró : Welt der Monster : Werke der Fondation Maeght
Miró : Welt der Monster : Werke der Fondation Maeght

 

Power + colour : new painting from the Corrigan collection of 21st century Aboriginal art
Power + colour : new painting from the Corrigan collection of 21st century Aboriginal art

 

Judith Milberg : Arbeiten auf Papier und Leinwand = Works on paper and canvas : 2015-2017
Judith Milberg : Arbeiten auf Papier und Leinwand : 2015-2017

March New Books in Art History

You can find these and other new art history acquisitions on the New Books shelf in the Art History / Classics Library.

The good Bohemian : the letters of Ida John
The good Bohemian : the letters of Ida John

 

The BP exhibition : indigenous Australia enduring civilisation
The BP exhibition : indigenous Australia enduring civilisation

 

The Dutch in Paris : 1789-1914
The Dutch in Paris : 1789-1914

 

Johann Garber! : Bastler und Meistermaler
Johann Garber! : Bastler und Meistermaler

 

Von Beckmann bis Jawlensky : die Sammlung Frank Brabant in Schwerin und Wiesbaden
Von Beckmann bis Jawlensky : die Sammlung Frank Brabant in Schwerin und Wiesbaden