Last summer at a Sotheby’s New York auction, a Persian carpet sold for $33.8 million, breaking world records for textiles at auction. The latest skyrocketing market value of rugs has set aflutter both the fine art and interior design sectors, as a new breed of textile collector emerges—namely one in favor of hanging rugs as works of art, rather than placing them on the floor.
Taking the notion of how a two-dimensional artwork might translate into a textile, Swedish multimedia artist and Henzel Studio creative
director Calle Henzel and curator Joakim Andreasson recently began working
together to develop new, artist rugs in collaboration with some of the top
names in visual art and photography. Launching at Barney's in New York during May's
Frieze Art Fair, the first iteration of Henzel Studio Collaborations merges the
activity of a dozen living artists, many with a strong fashion heritage. Pictured above: Leo Gabin’s Thirsty Thursday, 2013 (left) and Scott Campbell’s Lonely, 2013 for Henzel Studio Collaborations
Read the rest of the article about Henzel's collaboration on Cultured.
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