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Hannah Ryggen: Threads of Defiance

Hannah Ryggen: Threads of Defiance

by Marit Paasche

Hardcover(First Edition)

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Hannah Ryggen (1894-1970) was a Swedish-Norwegian modern artist who began her career as a painter before switching to creating political art in the form of monumental tapestries. Combining the decorative and the political, Ryggen was ahead of her time with her turn to “political weaving.” She was also a feminist with strong communist sympathies involved in the international workers’ movement. Her dramatic, beautiful tapestries were shown at both the Paris and Brussels World’s Fairs, but she was largely forgotten by the international art world in the decades after her death. In recent years, however, as interest in both fiber arts and pioneering women artists has grown, Ryggen’s work has returned to the public eye, with major international exhibitions and fresh attention from curators, collectors, and critics.

A widely recognized authority on Ryggen, Marit Paasche brings this important Scandinavian artist to the foreground in this biography, the first published on Ryggen in English. Paasche looks at Ryggen within the social, political, and cultural contexts of her time and explores how these issues informed her work, from her anti-fascist tapestry that depicted a spear piercing Mussolini’s head to one protesting the war in Vietnam. Published to correspond with a major retrospective in Frankfurt, of which Paasche is one of the curators, Hannah Ryggen is a foundational book that will provide a crucial introduction of this artist to a broader audience.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226674698
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 10/07/2019
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Marit Paasche is an art critic, curator, and writer working at the Oslo Academy of Fine Art. She is the author of Lives and Videotapes: The Inconsistent History of Norwegian Video Art.

Table of Contents

1 The Use of Hands
2 Liberation
3 Ørlandet’s Black Hannah
4 Denunciations
5 Confidences
6 Hardship and Breakthrough
7 Handicraft and Fine Art
8 Picasso and Philomela’s Tongue
9 Weaver’s Revolt
10 Perpetual Motion
11 Shirt of Flame
12 We Are Living on a Star
List of Works
Bibliography and Sources
Illustration Credits

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