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Member News: Artist Gerhardt Knodel opens “Let the Games Begin!” at Wasserman Projects

Gerhardt Knodel is a renowned contemporary textile artist, member of TSA, and a juror for TSA’s New Directions: A Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Textiles opening at the Craft & Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles, September 13, 2014.

Press Release Submitted by Wasserman Projects

by Meredith Long; July 14, 2014

Birmingham, MI–Internationally renowned artist and former director of Cranbrook Academy of Art, Gerhardt Knodel, opens “Let the Games Begin,” on September 16 – with a reception for the artist on September 20 – a stunning exhibition of his tantalizing textile and mixed media works at Wasserman Projects continuing November 10. This show is particularly exciting as it premiers a body of new work that has developed in the past six years, work that has not previously been exhibited or available to the public. It is also a preview of his travelling museum show opening next year at the Art Museum of American University in Washington, DC.

Gaming-based strategies provide the exhibition viewer with both a visual and conceptual point of entry for experiencing Let the Games Begin! Involvement in Knodel’s work, like game playing, often yields unexpected consequences. “I am interested in shifting a viewer’s expectations” says Knodel.

Events that accompany this show include an opening reception for Gerhardt Knodel on September 20 from 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. and three public tours given by the artist of his show (reservation only), Wednesday, September 17 at 11 a.m., Saturday, October 4 at 2 p.m. and Thursday, October 16 at 6:30 p.m..

About Gerhardt Knodel

Best known for expanding the architectural possibilities of fabric, Knodel has created grand installations for institutions around the world for more than three decades. He is a recipient of many prestigious grants and honors including a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, an Honorary Doctorate Degree from the Maryland Institute of Art and the Michigan Governors’ Arts Award for outstanding achievement in the visual arts. Knodel was artist-in-residence and head of the Fiber Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art from 1970-1995 and directed the Academy from 1995-2007. He now holds the title of Director Emeritus.

About Wasserman Projects

Wasserman Projects, in Birmingham, Michigan, sponsors exhibitions and events, and brings together international artists with globally recognised careers with established and emerging artists of the Detroit region to foster, encourage and recognize the creative community and institutions present in this artistically fertile city.