Issue Date: July 18, 2011
Preserving Plastic Art
Dutch artist Madeleine Berkhemer began making sculptures from stockings in 1997, using up to 1,000 pairs of pantyhose to make each of her taut, ethereal pieces. Initially, she didn’t worry about the durability of the nylon- and spandex-based leg-wear in her art.
Then Berkhemer visited a museum showing a work by the French-American artist Louise Bourgeois, who also used stockings in her sculptures from the 1940s and onward. The stockings in Bourgeois’ art had lost . . .
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