A Field Trip to Browngrotta ArtsNovember 8, 2019
This week I finally had the chance to see an exhibition of fiber art collected by Sandra and Louis Grotta. For thirty years, Browngrotta Arts has been the premiere gallery dealing in dimensional textile art, sculpture, and fine craft in the U.S., and for nearly that long, I have wanted to visit their ‘barn/gallery’ in Wilton, Connecticut. The gallery is rarely open to the public. They normally have an exhibition up for just one week, once, or at most twice, a year.
The art is displayed in every nook and cranny of the barn. I hope these pictures give you a sense of the experience of being there.
Unfortunately, I have an upload limit on my blog template, so I can’t show you everything I saw there. I will limit myself to tapestry and share my other favorites separately in a post on my Facebook page Ellen Ramsey Tapestry (which you should definitely “Like” or Follow if you don’t already).
The first thing one sees at the entrance to the gallery is an epic piece by Helena Hernmarck called “New York Bay 1884.”
I suppose this is a relatively small Hernmarck tapestry by her standards. The really cool thing was that you could also view the full back of the tapestry. One never gets to inspect the back of Helena’s public installations, so this was a special treat, for me at least.
There were three Sara Brennan tapestries on display. They are amazing to see in person. They look like they have little detail from afar, but up close you can see the intricate interweavings of dozens upon dozens of tones.
Another amazing tapestry was “From the First Person I,” by Aleksandra Stoyanov.
And last, but not least, I was taken by Lila Kulka’s tapestry “Odchodzacy (Departure II).”
browngrotta.com publishes a really great blog about the collection and the individual artists: http://arttextstyle.com. I highly recommend taking a deep dive with it when you have time to fall into the internet rabbit hole. I think you might be down there awhile.
The gallery has just published a large and glorious tome entitled “The Grotta Home by Richard Meier: A Marriage of Architecture and Craft,” with beautiful photos by Tom Grotta. Next year the gallery celebrates the publishing of its 50th catalog with an exhibition of 50 specially commissioned works by 50 gallery artists called “50/50,” May 2 - May 10, 2020.