Since the 1960s, a growing body of contemporary art demonstrates a new engagement with the materials and craft techniques, particularly textiles. This work raises questions about the role and value of handmade work in our digital age. The current exhibition ‘Art_Textiles’ at The Whitworth in Manchester examines textiles as an art medium.
The exhibition features artists such as Magdalena Abakanowicz, Tracey Emin, Grayson Perry, Ghada Amer and Kimsooja, figures who use textiles as a powerful tool for expressing social, political and artistic concepts. Impressive works include Faith Wilding’s web-like Crocheted Environment, otherwise known as ‘The Womb Room’, Abakan Rouge III by Magdalena Abakanowicz and Sophie Velucia and Madame CJ Walker by lesser known artist Mary Sibande, 2009.
‘Art_Textiles’ runs at the newly renovated Whitworth until 31 January 2016 and is free to enter.