Taeuber, Arp, and the Politics of Cross-Stitch

Obler, Bibiana
June 2009
Art Bulletin;Jun2009, Vol. 91 Issue 2, p207
Academic Journal
This article discusses the collaborative works of the abstract artists Sophie Taeuber and Hans Arp, produced between 1916 and 1918. The author considers how their works relate to the Dada anti-establishment and cultural movement, cofounded by the avant-garde poet Tristan Tzara in response to the First World War. She focuses on the political implications of their vertically-horizontally designed embroideries and collages. She comments on topics including the identity of the individual in the public sphere and the tensions between privacy and collaboration.


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