From a critical standpoint, one of the most important series of works by Colombian artist Olga de Amaral are the Muros Tejidos. Translating to "weaving wall," the Muros Tejidos are characterized by their materiality, in the artist's use of horse hair, Amaral's mastery of colored dyes, and a highly experimental approach to weaving. Muro Tejido 82, 1972, is perhaps the most important work from this series. It has been shown extensively including at Amaral's solo show, Muro Tejidos y Armaduras, at the Museo de Arte Moderno, Bogotá, a seminal exhibition in her career. Muro Tejido 82 was previously in the Hurschler textile collection of Pasadena, California, one of the most important private contemporary textile collections ever assembled. Its loose weave combines several different techniques with more flat sections interlacing with cylindrical ones that end in sinuous loops. Monumental in scale, the work feels almost architectural in form, akin to a classical column, and yet still maintains the textural warmth and familial quality that is imbued in the artist's work.
Collection of Mr. & Mrs. J. L. Hurschler, Pasadena (acquired directly from the artist). Craft and Folk Art Museum Benefit Auction circa 1991, Los Angeles. Private Collection, NYC
Bogotá, Museo de Arte Moderno, Olga de Amaral: Muros Tejidos y Armaduras, May-June 1972. Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Contemporary Tapestries: The Hurschler Collection, 29 November-31 December 1966. This exhibition later traveled to Columbus, The Columbus Museum of Arts & Crafts, 4 May-4 June 1969; San Diego, The Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego, 17 January-18 February 1973; Austin, Archer M. Huntington Gallery, University Art Museum, University of Texas at Austin, 31 August-5 October 1975 and Scottsdale, Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7 September-21 October 1979 (illustrated, front cover).
E. Lucie-Smith, Olga de Amaral: El Manto de la Memoria, Bogotá, 2000, p. 243. G. Carbonell, Olga de Amaral: Desarrollo del Lenguaje, Bogotá, 2000 (illustrated, p. 75).
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