Sophie Taeuber-Arp. Untitled. c. 1918

Sophie Taeuber-Arp Untitled c. 1918

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Taeuber-Arp made this “needle-painting” when she was working as an applied arts teacher and participating in the Zurich Dada movement, which sought to challenge traditional values in art, often with humor and playfulness. One of her smallest embroideries, this abstract textile might have originally functioned as a study for a larger tapestry or pillow cover. However, by placing the textile within an oversized gilded frame, she wittily transformed it into a “fine” art object not unlike a religious image or icon.

Gallery label from 2022
Cotton on canvas in historical frame
4 3/8 x 3 1/4" (11.1 x 8.3 cm)
Gift of Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder
Object number
ARS artist. Credit Line Reproduction: © 200_ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Painting and Sculpture

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