Richly comprehensive, this book gives us a one-of-a-kind look at all aspects of the work of internationally-renowned contemporary textile artist Gerhardt Knodel. Including over 400 images, it documents the development of Knodel's art from 1969 through 2014. Knodel became widely known for creating huge "environments of cloth" like 44 Panel Channel, a corridor of china-silk panels through which viewers walk, or the three-story-high Sky Court at Xerox world headquarters, a creation of wool, Mylar, and nylon. Knodel has transformed our view of textiles during the past 40 years, and here he describes his goals as well as his interest in the complex language of historic textiles as a stimulus to new work in the fiber medium. Experts share insights on the earlier phases of Knodel's work; his recent work, including a focus on games; and more. Resources include a biography orienting Knodel's influences to his works, plus an illustrated chronology.
Janet Koplos has been writing regularly on all art mediums for twenty-five years in newspapers, magazines, catalogs, and books. She was a senior editor at Art in America magazine in New York City, and guest editor of American Craft magazine. Shelley Selim is the Jeanne and Ralph Graham Collections Fellow at Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Her research focuses on twentieth-century and contemporary American and European design, art, and material culture. She holds an MA in the history of decorative arts and design from Parsons, the New School for Design/Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Douglas Dawson is widely respected for his commitment to understanding and interpreting ethnic textiles of diverse cultures. For more than thirty yea rs he has traveled the world in search of fine textiles, ceramics, and metalwork representing traditional non-Western cultures, and has staged numerous exhibitions of art from pre-Columbian Americas, Asia, and Africa at Douglas Dawson Gallery in Chicago.