Richard Saltoun Gallery, London has been championing women artists this year in their 100% women year long initiative showing only women artists. They spotlighted Jagoda Buic‘s textiles at Frieze, where Tate acquired the 89 year old’s textile work for their collection.
[Featured image: Jagoda Buić, The Sail, 1971 © The Artist; Courtesy of Richard Saltoun Gallery, London]
Jagoda Buić is one of the foremost textile artists operating today. She is part of a generation of artists working since the 1960s, who redefined the use of textile and created what is known today as fibre sculpture. Born in present day Croatia, she quickly understood and seized on the peasant textile tradition of the Balkans.
By 1969 she was included, along with Sheila Hicks and a small group of sculptors, in the exhibition Wall Hangings at MOMA, New York, the first exhibition to engage with the new idea of textile as sculpture.
She swiftly became renowned for her tapestries: monumental in size, rough in texture, weighty and sensuous. These tapestries evolved to become total installations, incorporating the architecture they inhabit.
Buic’s creative practice extends to encompass scenography and set design, costume design, works on paper and collage. Her interdisciplinary approach draws on her profound connection to theatre, antiquity and her Dalmatian roots, creating tactile works, often on a large-scale, brimming with style and self-assurance. By dispensing with the traditional loom, Buić gives her materials a new and powerful corporeality, boldly venturing into three-dimensional space and creating ‘textile environments.’
Frieze Masters stand G11