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Ritzi Jacobi , Maker of Mind-Bending Textile Art, Dies at 80 - The New York Times on Ritzi Jacobi
DATUM 28. Jul. 2022

Ritzi Jacobi on her tapestry ‚Relief' (1989, coconut fibre, cotton ) in 1993. Photograph by Heinz Possert

READ HERE THE FULL OBITUARY OF RITZI JACOBI BY THE NEW YORK TIMES

 

„Ritzi Jacobi, a European pioneer of contemporary textile and fiber art who was best known for her monumental wall hangings and soft sculptures, died on June 19 at her home in Düsseldorf, Germany. She was 80. The death was confirmed by her husband, Heinz Possert, who did not specify a cause.

 

Ms. Jacobi’s enormous textile creations were made of a variety of fiber-based materials that ranged from cotton to goat hair. Although her work bore some resemblance to traditional tapestry, it pushed the form into modernist, abstract realms. She 'made a huge impact on the field of crafts and art', said Jane Milosch, a former curator of contemporary craft at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

 

Warren Seelig, professor emeritus at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, who curated a 1994 exhibition of her work, said that although Ms. Jacobi was frequently described as a 'fiber artist,' her work wasn’t easily categorized. 'She was probably one of the very early truly interdisciplinary artists, mixing all kinds of things,' he said. 'She was not a myopic textile weaver. She was working broadly, with paper and metal and cloth and fiber and goat hair — all that kind of stuff. In the end, it was her tapestry that was really provocative and innovative.'“