Departing from the typographic photo-collage fenster (window), Caroline L. Schopp traces an art-historical arc from fifteenth-century theories of perspective to the postwar Austrian avant-garde. Since the Renaissance, the window has provided a key metaphor for painting, structuring and surveying the subject to be seen. Against such a vision of painting, the avant-garde set out to fracture and close the window. fenster continues the avant-garde’s critique.
In a lecture with affinities – familial and otherwise – to her previous talk on the window and the avant-garde, Caroline L. Schopp investigates the topographies, geographies, and relationships interwoven in more than two decades of collaborative tapestry-making. Rarely considered in art-historical discussions, Ingrid Wiener’s tapestries offer a provocative perspective through weaving – not only on Austrian art, but also on a medium at the fringes of the visual arts.