Part of the first generation of ‘fibre sculptors,’ Croatian artist Jagoda Buić is celebrated for her monumental textile installations and tapestries. While Buić’s work has been exhibited in prominent museums around the world, from the Museum of Modern Art in New York to the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the presentation of her work at Frieze Masters marks the artist’s debut in the United Kingdom.
Buić began creating immersive textile installations in the mid-1960s, yet her creative practice extends to encompass scenography and set design, costume design, works on paper and collage. By dispensing with the traditional loom, Buić gives her materials a new and powerful corporeality, boldly venturing into threedimensional space and creating ‘textile environments.’
The gallery’s booth at Frieze Masters brings this textile environment to life, presenting work by Buić made between 1965 and 1983, a period of her practice where the artist demonstrated profound innovation and complete mastery of her field.
The display contributes to the current discussion around the re-evaluation of female artists, particularly those who have pioneered the development of textile art – from Anni Albers and Shelia Hicks to Olga de Amaral and Magdalena Abakanowicz. Alongside Buić, these artists have made meaningful strides in elevating textile art from the confines of a domestic setting, so often associated with craftwork, and into the field of fine art.