Textiles in Art History, a gendered issue

On the occasion of Anni Albers exhibition at Tate Modern, Amber Butchart wrote a very interesting article for Frieze on how textile history has been separated from Art History and Fine Art because it has been always a women´s work.

The artificial divide that exists between fine art and textiles (or applied/decorative arts, or craft) is a gendered issue. ‘Textiles have always suffered as an art media because of their association with domesticity and femininity,’ says Hannah Lamb of The 62 Group of Textile Artists, an artist-led pressure group that has been promoting textiles as a fine art for nearly 60 years.

This opinion article share important foundations in which I support this research and how political stitching as other creative manifestations have been dismissed from Art History.

Indeed, me as student of Art History, I was never told about Anni Albers contribution to the Bauhaus. And the review of textile art was almost avoided during the whole university programme.

Read it here and share your thoughts

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