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Lenore Tawney at 100, Celebrated in a New Publication

Wilton, CT. (July 2007) For five decades, Lenore Tawney has played a role in the transformation of contemporary art. In the 50s and early 60s she was one of a small group of innovative artists responsible for creating sculptural weavings and works of fiber that hung off the wall or freely in space. From the mid-60s, her body of work also included geometric drawings, collages and assemblages.

In May 2007, Tawney celebrated her 100th birthday. In recognition of Tawney’s accomplishments, browngrotta arts has released Lenore Tawney: Drawings in Air, the first in a series of monographs examining a particular period or body of work by an established artist. The volume focuses on Tawney’s geometric drawings of the 1960s and their execution as three-dimensional thread constructions in plexiglas – “drawings in air" – thirty years later.

The monograph includes an essay on this body of works by Kathleen Nugent Mangan. Mangan is a former curator of the American Craft Museum (now the Museum of Arts and Design), in New York. Mangan organized the 1990 Tawney retrospective at the Museum. In preparing the essay, Mangan had the opportunity to interview Tawney and review her journals, maquettes and other papers. The monograph provides new information and insight into Tawney’s inspiration in creating this remarkable body of work.

“A series of drawings, executed with exacting precision in pen and ink on graph paper, might have resulted in mere technical, static renderings," Sigrid Wortmann Weltge, Professor Emerita of History of Art and Design, at Philadelphia University,wrote in an previous catalog about Tawney's work.“That they are dazzling, evocative works of art attests to Tawney’s brilliance. They shimmer and move, assume both two- and three-dimensional qualities, lift off the page and hover in space. Titles like Wings of the Wind and Union of Water and Fire convey their cosmic scope."

Lenore Tawney: Drawings in Air and 34 other titles published by browngrotta arts, may be ordered online at or by phone at 203.834.0623.


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