Los Angeles County Museum of Art / Published on Oct 7, 2014
Visually and intellectually compelling, textile fragments hold clues and tell stories about the past. An excerpt from the extensive collection of fragments assembled by Lloyd Cotsen, the exhibition, on view at LACMA through October 26, 2014, presents mysterious and tantalizingly incomplete segments of textiles from throughout history and from around the world, from Peru to Uzbekistan to China and representing a span of more than 2,000 years.
The exhibition traces a collector’s interest in pattern, color, and texture; the tension between chaos and order; and the exquisite trace of what was once a masterpiece, now isolated because of time or circumstance.
Despite existing as remnants of a whole, each fragment reveals much about its purpose, method of construction, and aesthetic sensibility of its time and place.
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