Critics' Pick – Natasza Niedziolka: ‘White Shadow’

Roberta Smith, The New York Times, February 17, 2012

In a New York solo debut that is just cause for optimism, this Polish-born, Berlin-based pictorial artist mixes together art and craft, folk traditions and early Modernism to devise spare, colorful still lifes that sometimes involve paint but more often make extensive use of knitting, embroidery, sewing machines and dangling thread. The history of painting and textiles entwine; a raw, witty beauty ensues, along with a sense of an artist proceeding by her own lights. Precedents include Hannah Höch’s angular collages, Anni Albers’s textiles and Rosemarie Trockel’s knit paintings.

 

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