Contemporary Flatweave Rooted in Legacy

Contemporary Flatweave Rooted in Legacy

WLatino Arts Councilence and Sandra Martinez at Latino Arts, Milwaukee.
Sept 11-Oct 14 2015. Show open Mon-Fri, 9am-8pm.
Saturday Sept 26 is a Gala ticked fundraiser – Saturday Sept 26. Tickets available here.

codice by Wence MartinezWence and Sandra Martinez have been gathering a selection of important works from their collectors in preparation for a comprehensive survey show opening at Latino Arts in Milwaukee Sept 11-Oct 14, 2015. Most impressive of all is the Codice Nuttall, an 8’x5’6” tour de force weaving of Wence’s that has been accepted as a Promised Gift to the Permanent Collection of the National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL.

The work is a very complex weaving using vegetal dyed hand spun wool. The image is from the famous Codice Nuttall one of the rare surviving books not destroyed by the Spanish in their conquest of Mexico. Plans are to take this piece on the road to the November Philadelphia Art Museum Craft Show and the next Smithsonian Craft Show before it is released to the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago. A few other significant works are gathered now at Martinez Studio before mounting the Milwaukee show and it is an opportunity to see in person some works that are not normally available to the public.