Elaine Reichek. Sampler (Starting Over). 1996

Elaine Reichek Sampler (Starting Over) 1996

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Reichek draws on the tradition of embroidered samplers to create Conceptual, word-based art. Replacing traditional aphorisms, prayers, and educational texts with quotations from art history and mythology, Reichek painstakingly replicated images of three black abstract paintings and a statement by the artist Ad Reinhardt, her painting teacher. On the right are lines spoken by Penelope in The Odyssey, by Homer, and a design from a Greek vase depicting women making textiles. The artist has explained, "Reinhardt described artmaking very much as Penelope described weaving her tapestry: as a constant process of making and remaking, beginning and beginning again."

Gallery label from What is Painting? Contemporary Art from the Collection, July 7–September 17, 2007 .
Embroidery on linen
8 3/4 x 67 1/2" (22.2 x 171.4 cm)
Marcia Riklis Fund
Object number
© 2020 Elaine Reichek
Painting and Sculpture

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