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Lenore Tawney (born Leonora Agnes Gallagher; May 10, 1907 – September 24, 2007) was an American artist working in fiber art, collage, assemblage, and drawing. She is considered to be a groundbreaking artist for the elevation of craft processes to fine art status, two communities which were previously mutually exclusive. Tawney was born and raised in an Irish-American family in Lorain, Ohio near Cleveland and later moved to Chicago to start her career. In the 1940s and 50s, she studied art at several different institutions and perfected her craft as a weaver. In 1957, she moved to New York where she maintained a highly successful career into the 1960's. In the 1970s Tawney focused increasingly on her spirituality, but continued to make work until her death.
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American weaver is credited with helping to create the genre of fiber art, and in making the differences between craft and fine art more ambiguous. She studied at the Chicago Art Institute, and the Institute of Design in the 1940s. In 1957 she moved to New York and extablished her studio in lower Manhattan alongside neighbors Robert Indiana, Ellsworth Kelly and Agnes Martin, with whom she developed a close and artistically influential friendship. The work she is best known for are large sculptural weavings, though she also created collages and assemblages of varying dimensions. For several decades she would send a series of collages done on regulation-size postcards through the mail.
Artist, Weaver, Collagist, Mixed-Media Artist, Textile Artist
Lenore Tawney, Lenore Agnes Gallagher, Leonora Agnes Gallagher
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