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Abstract Fabric Collage Art by American Modernist R. Vale Faro (1902 - 1988)
A circa mid to late 1940's Original Abstract Fabric Collage Art by listed American Artist and well known Chicago Architect Robert Vale Faro.
This fantastically vivid Wolfman like creature dressed in tribal clothing is scaling the rooftops and howling (without menace) at a full, blood red moon. Smiling brightly (you can almost hear his laughter) he is shaded with pastel paints or dyes, on muslin, it may have started out as a collagraph, but Faro has covered every inch with zig-zagging stitches in coordinating colored silk thread. This frolicking mythical character really seems to be enjoying himself in this very modern fabric art collage. Applied to scratchboard, the image measures approximately fourteen inches by nine inches and is signed in ink on the lower right. Faro has stitched over his signature with black thread.
Considered a radical by his peers, Faro was a graphic artist who was associated with the Bauhaus Chicago artists. As an architect, his design work includes the Time-Life Building and the Italian Village which were created for the Century of Progress International Exposition in Chicago (1933-1934).
His work is in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Seattle Art Museum.
A transcript of a taped interview with the artist from the Art Institute of Chicago can be read at artic.edu/aic/libraries/caohp/faro.html and artic.edu/aic/libraries/caohp/faro.pdf
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