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Thursday, October 7, 2010

New York Times slide show and article on Boucherioute show

New York Times
"Faced with a call for increased output and a scarcity of natural materials, Berber weavers have had to rethink aspects of their craft. This has meant, among other things, supplementing wool with recycled fabrics and cheap synthetic fibers like nylon and Lurex, and various plastics.

With the synthetic fibers came new colors and chromatic intensities. Where old-fashioned vegetable dyes tend to look savory and subtle, machine dyes are emphatic and bright. The first things you notice about the Cavin-Morris show is how visually assertive it is. Yes, there are ranges of earth tones, but it’s the fire-engine reds, the Day-Glo oranges, the post-punk pinks that pop out."

--"Wild, Not Woolly, Berber Rugs" - Holland Cotter, New York Times Art Review, 22 July 2010 online version of New York Edition article in C23

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