Lenore Tawney, the 20th century pioneer in weaving, died in New York City on September 28, 2007 at age 100. One of the first artists to use fiber as her medium, her innovative use of scale and weaving techniques bridged the gap between craft and art. Although Lenore Tawney was not as recognized as other fiber artists such as Sheila Hicks, her sculptural works have been collected by major museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. The New York
Lenore Tawney is known as having redefined the possibilities for sculpture and weaving in the second half of the 20th century, according to Holland Cotter in The New York Times, and for blurring the boundaries between "craft" and "art." He wrote: "In the late 1950s and early 1960s...Ms. Tawney united them decisively and controversially."
Lenore Tawney at work / 1961. Photo: Ferdinand Boesch. For more fiber art content, join the FiberArtNow.net tribe.