Alighiero Boetti The Thousand Longest Rivers of the World 1976-82

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Boetti’s critical view of systems of classification is expressed in The Thousand Longest Rivers in the World, a project that comprises a book and two tapestries. Boetti and a collaborator spent seven years researching the lengths of rivers, determined to arrive at a convincingly accurate hierarchy despite the impossibility of absolute measurements. This work presents their findings in a straightforward list in descending order of length, giving no clue to the inexact and contradictory information underlying it. Like all of Boetti’s tapestries, it was not made by him; he sent the design to craftswomen in Pakistan to embroider.

Gallery label from 2011.
Embroidery on cotton and linen
8' 3" x 17' 7" (251.5 x 535.9 cm)
Gift of Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, Jeanne C. Thayer Fund, The Bernhill Fund, Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Fund, Agnes Gund, and Barbara Jakobson Fund
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© 2024 / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SIAE, Rome
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