What happens when one woman’s passion for tapestry unites the creative efforts of innovative artisans with major painters and sculptors?”

Our new book, Gloria F. Ross & Modern Tapestry, answers this question in 376 large-format pages, with over 350 color illustrations! Available in fall 2010, it listed in the Yale University Press online catalogue.

Gloria F. Ross (1923–98) explored new directions, combined different media, and crossed boundaries before these were common practice. Her career is unique in American art. With impeccable judgment and unyielding standards, she established a visual language for contemporary tapestry. Functioning much like a film producer, she chose weavers in France, Scotland, and the United States to translate painted and collaged images into tapestry and hooked rugs. To provide the imagery, she selected acclaimed modernist artists, including Helen Frankenthaler (Ross’s sister), Robert Motherwell, Louise Nevelson, and Kenneth Noland, as well as Milton Avery, Romare Bearden, Stuart Davis, Jean Dubuffet, Hans Hofmann, Paul Jenkins, Lucas Samaras, Frank Stella, Jack Youngerman, and fifteen other stellar designers.

Author Ann Hedlund uses Ross’s lively correspondence, weavers’ notes, and artists’ sketches to explore the professional negotiations and relationships that endured for more than thirty years. Hedlund traces the development of Ross’s career, profiles the artists with whom she worked, and documents the making of each tapestry series. Accompanied by a chronology, bibliography, checklist, glossary, and index, more than 350 brilliant color plates and illustrations affirm Ross’s creative accomplishments.

Grounded in the author’s deep knowledge of textiles and long friendship with Ross herself, this unusual book shows us the world of art and artists at the places where inspiration, craft, and business intersect.

To read the Table of Contents, click on the link below.

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