Art Club: Anna Betbeze at Kate Werble

by Guy Forget on February 7, 2011 · 2 comments Art Club

Anna Betbeze, "Parlor", 2008, Flokati, pigment, acid dyes, 129 x 95 in.

What's next for Art Club? Six room-sized shag rugs.

For Moss Garden, Anna Betbeze's solo show at Kate Werble, the artist has worked with her medium of choice, the handmade Greek rugs affectionately known as flokatis.

You might think that an exhibition of large-scale, formerly fluffy wool carpets would be enough to have you counting sheep, but Betbeze's process and motives are undeniably aggressive and quite dark, yielding an object — somewhere in a woolly limbo between painting and sculpture — that is far removed from its flocculent origins.

A lecturer at Yale, Betbeze has shown at Kate Werble twice before — once in a group show reviewed by this blog in 2008. Since you'll be in west Soho we recommend walking a couple blocks to see Bed Bugs at Gavin Brown. Strangely enough the exhibition features what also appears to be a flokati.

No reason to be sheepish–there's plenty of time to see Moss Garden and to ruminate. Discussion starts February 21, when Art Club reconvenes at AFC.


Jeff Evans February 7, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Nice wordplay there with “sheepish” and “ruminate” since sheep are ruminants.

Matt Jones February 8, 2011 at 5:02 pm

I’m looking forward to this. I saw her work at a Ramiken Crucible show sometime last year and was pretty into it. Wonder if it’s a one-trick-pony set up. I’m gonna check out the show on Friday weather permitting. Anyone wanna join me?

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