Weaving Modernism: Postwar Tapestry Between Paris and New York

K.L.H. Wells, Yale University Press, 2019

Shortly after World War II, woven tapestries enjoyed a prominent revival, becoming a medium for modern art in France. Wells, an assistant professor of American art and architecture, follows the movement’s evolution, which included expansion across the Atlantic Ocean to New York in search of a profitable market. Her book includes images of tapestries by famous artists, such as Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. She also places tapestry into a historical context, showing how it ushered in a postwar period of midcentury abstraction and modernism.