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Joana Vasconcelos

Material World

Enrique Juncosa, Crispin Sartwell

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A monograph on Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos, focusing on her extraordinary work with textiles


Joana Vasconcelos has become one the most respected and sought-after artists of the 21st century. She is known for using non-traditional materials, and particularly textiles, to create monumental and expansive works that intrigue, inspire and entertain the viewer: her chandelier decorated with tampons caused a sensation at the Venice Biennale in 2005, and she has since had solo exhibitions at Versailles and Manchester Art Gallery.

Vasconcelos aims to re-present and subvert everyday objects, often manipulating scale and form, and is keenly interested in the role of women and items associated with them. This book focuses on her extraordinary works in textiles. It highlights in particular her ‘Valkyries’ series, vibrant patchwork extravaganzas that weave together knitting and crochet with silk, velvets, recycled clothes and industrially produced textiles embellished with Portuguese tassels, crystals and beads. Enrique Juncosa and Crispin Sartwell offer thoughtful and in-depth overviews of her work and its development over the past fourteen years.

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'A stunning visual journey through the alleys of Vasconcelos’ imagination, one that intrigues and inspires. For those who do not have access to the artist’s work, this volume is the next best thing, and well worth the price tag'
Embroidery Magazine

'If you can’t go see Vasconcelos’s fabulous work in the flesh, do get hold of a copy of the book'
Cover Magazine

'A visual feast of colour, pattern and texture'
Sewing World

'A must have'
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Further Details


Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 32.0 x 29.0 cm

Extent: 344 pp

Publication date: 5 October 2015

ISBN: 9780500970720

Contents List

Acknowledgements • Contamination • Valkyries • Trafaria Praia • Outdoor • Animals • Classical • Fashion • Body Landscapes • Domestic • Intimate Fragments • Music • Time Machines • ‘The Soft Machine’, Enrique Juncosa • ‘Beauty and Reconciliation in the Art of Joana Vasconcelos’, Crispin Sartwell • Selected Biography • Selected Biography • List of Works

About the Author

Enrique Juncosa is a writer and a curator based in Spain. He was director of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2003–12), and previously deputy director of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2000–03) and also deputy director of Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, Valencia (1998–2000)

Crispin Sartwell is a writer and philosopher, teaching philosophy at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Publications include Act Like You Know: African-American Autobiography and White Identity (1998); Six Names of Beauty (2004); Against the State: An Introduction to Anarchist Political Theory (2008); Political Aesthetics (2010); and How to Escape: Magic, Madness, Beauty, and Cynicism (2014).