Monumental black and white tapestries from Craigie Horsfield’s Circus series at Marvelli Gallery


NEW YORK, NY.- Marvelli Gallery presents a solo exhibition by Craigie Horsfield, February 4th through March 22nd, 2012. The exhibition, Horsfield’s first in New York since 1996 at Barbara Gladstone Gallery, includes monumental black and white tapestries from his Circus series and a survey of photographs in production between 1973 and 2010. Art historian and critic Carol Armstrong writes on Horsfield’s use of tapestry and large-scale portraiture in the following essay, Craigie Horsfield: Modern Magnificence: Photo-tapestry? Isn’t that an oxymoron? And in this day and age? I always thought-probably most people think-that tapestry was a Renaissance art form. And depicting a Russian circus in Barcelona with teetering elephants and a caged tiger in black and white? There is something strange about the conjunction of ‘photograph,’ ‘tapestry,’ ‘today’ and ‘circus.’ Well, yes, strange, but also wonderful, and completely magnif