Magazine article The Spectator

CUL T U R E N O T E S Reap What You Sew

Magazine article The Spectator

CUL T U R E N O T E S Reap What You Sew

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Tape st r ie s once had a place o f honou r in f ine a r t , but that wa s during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Oil paintings, for a t ime , were v iewed a s the poor man's tapestry. Now, that equation may be turning round.

'Tapestries serve a lot of purposes, ' said Donald Farnsworth, president of Magnolia Editions, which has produced tapestries for artists such as Chuck Close, April Gornik, Alex Katz, Ed Moses, Gerhard Richter, K ik i Sm ith, Wi l l iam Wi ley and other s . 'They ab sorb sound and add warmth to a room.' But can they also be taken ser iou sly a s work s o f a r t?

They a re cer ta in ly pr iced l ike them . Five la rge-sca le tape st r ie s by Chuck Close were exhibited earlier this year at the White Cube Gallery in London and sold for $150,000 each, and the Gago sian Ga l lery ha s a show o f fou r tape st r ie s ( 'Abdu', 2009, above) by Richter (until 27 Ju ly) that were sold to buyer s be fore the exhibition opened. …

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