Dead Artist Leaves World in Stitches

12.30.09 Will Sherman

Starting in 1969, Alighiero e Boetti began a series of world map tapestries with each country colored with its flag. Individually hand-sewn by Afghani embroiders, who toiled for years on just one piece, the Italian artist’s carpet collection was updated almost annually until his death in 1994. “Mappa,” a retrospective of these wildly hued rugs and their changing geopolitical boundaries, is currently being hosted at Gladstone Gallery’s 21st Street location in Chelsea.

“Mappa,” November 7 – January 23, 2010, Gladstone Gallery, 530 West 21st Street