What If Textiles: The Art of Gerhardt Knodel

Contributions by Janet Koplos, Shelley Selim, Douglas Dawson, Rebecca A. T. Stevens, and Gerhardt Knodel

Richly comprehensive, this book gives us a one-of-a-kind look at all aspects of the work of internationally-renowned contemporary textile artist Gerhardt Knodel. Including over 400 images, it documents the development of Knodel’s art from 1969 through 2014. Knodel became widely known for creating huge “environments of cloth” like 44 Panel Channel, a corridor of china-silk panels through which viewers walk, or the three-story-high Sky Court at Xerox world headquarters, a creation of wool, Mylar, and nylon. Knodel has transformed our view of textiles during the past 40 years, and here he describes his goals as well as his interest in the complex language of historic textiles as a stimulus to new work in the fiber medium. Experts share insights on the earlier phases of Knodel’s work; his recent work, including a focus on games; and more. Resources include a biography orienting Knodel’s influences to his works, plus an illustrated chronology.

Size: 9″ x 12″ | 425 color photos | 224 pp ISBN13: 9780764349942 | Binding: hard cover

Available at Amazon and Schiffer Books.

Gerhardt Knodel: Inhabitations, by Marsha Miro. Portfolio Collection, Volume 16. Telos Publications, 2002.

Hothouse: Expanding the Field of Fiber at Cranbrook, 1970-2007.  Essays by Gregory Wittkopp, Gerhardt Knodel, Jane Lackey, Brian Young, Glenn Adamson and Rebecca Elliot; Cranbrook Art Museum Publication, 2007.
Material Difference; Soft Sculpture and Wall Works, by Polly Ullrich,
Friends of Fiber Art International, 2006 

Craft, Labor Is My Medium, Some Perspectives on Contemporary Craft, by Maria Elena Buszek, and California’s New Crafts Movement, by Jo Lauria, Archives of American Art Journal 50: 3-4, Fall 2011

“Architectonic/Thought On The Loom” by T’ai Smith
The Journal of Modern Craft 4:3 2011

What If Textiles: The Art of Gerhardt Knodel, Contributions by Janet Koplos, Shelley Selim, Douglas Dawson, Rebecca A.T. Stevens, and Gerhardt Knodel.  Schiffer Publishing Ltd. 2015

Let the Games Begin!: Gerhardt Knodel, by Brook Harris Stevens
Textile/Cloth and Culture, 14:1, June 2016

The Box Project, Lyssa C. Stapleton, editor. The Cotsen Occasional Press, 2016
2016 American Craft Council Awards: Gerhardt Knodel, Gold Medalist, by Monica Moses, ed. American Craft, October/November 2016

From Tapestry To Fiber Art: The Lausanne Biennials 19062-1995, by Giselle Eberhard Cotton, and others. Skira/Fondation Toms Pauli, 2017
Minglings: A Journey Across Time, brochure for exhibition, January-April 2018
Marshall Fredericks Museum, Saginaw, MI.

Gerhardt Knodel @ Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum, by Glen Mannisto.
Detroit Art Review, March 16, 2018