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Hanging Basket

n.d. Gary Trentham Born: Gleason, Tennessee 1939 coiled linen 47 3/4 x 4 3/4 in. (121.3 x 12.1 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Theodore Cohen in memory of his mother and her sisters: Rose Melmon Cohen, Blanche Melmon, Mary Melmon Greenberg and Fanny Melmon Liberman © Gary Trentham 1998.122.24 Not currently on view

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"How can the basket be done and not just sit . . . how can I get it off the stands and have it hang?" Artist's statement, 2004

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Gary Trentham won a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts while teaching at Auburn University in the late 1970s. He took a summer off from teaching and devoted his time to making baskets that were meant to be suspended in the air. Hanging Basket, which is constructed from strips of linen, was one of a series inspired by Native American arrow quivers. The fabric resembles dried strands of grass that would not stand up well to the sharp tip of an arrow, suggesting that Trentham did not intend for his basket to be used. The long, slender form evokes a cocoon, as if something might be growing within the mass of tiny waving filaments.


decorative arts

Crafts - Fiber

fabric - linen

About Gary Trentham

Born: Gleason, Tennessee 1939

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