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James Bassler
"Shop" James Bassler, Contemporary Woven Shopping Bag Sculpture

2009

$8,000

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"Shop" James Bassler, brown paper Trader Joe's shopping bags, cut and twisted, with yellow and red waxed linen thread, 16" x 11" x 5", 2009. "Shop", by American fiber artist, James Bassler (b. 1933) was made from Trader Joe’s bags spun into thread, making a bag from bags. "Shop" offers a wry statement about materials and materialism. Following military service in Europe, Bassler traveled through the Middle East and Asia in the 1950s — steeping himself in traditional crafts as he traveled. traditional crafts he saw. After earning a teaching degree in the US, he and his wife, Veralee, a ceramist, moved to Oaxaca, Mexico, where they ran a craft school. In 1975, he joined the art faculty at UCLA and taught textile art there until his retirement in 2000. He was named to the American Craft Council College of Fellows in 1998. His work is found in numerous permanent collections including: the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City, the Cleveland Art Museum, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minnesota and LongHouse Reserve, New York, NY.

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