More Notes by Barry O'Connell
Notes on James Blackmon
For more than 30 years, James Blackmon has been involved in the field of antique carpets and textiles as a collector, importer, textile restorer, textile conservator, textile cleaner, weaver, textile appraiser, a writer on, a lecturer on, a student of and a curator for various private and museum exhibitions and lastly, a textile gallery owner. James has also served on the board of the Textile Arts Council of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and is currently a member of the Textile Museumıs Advisory Council. His most recent project was as curator of ³The Fabric of Life: Columbus Collects Textile Art² at the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio. Reviewed in Hali 137, pgs. 64 - 70.
The James Blackmon Gallery is devoted to the promotion and appreciation of antique textiles as art. Through the gallery he represents unique and historically important textiles and objects of high artistic merit from the Near East and Central Asia, Africa and the Andean region of South America.
Over the years the Blackmon Gallery has gained international recognition as one of the finest galleries of its type in the world.
James Blackmon Gallery
Saturday 9:00 to 10:00 AM Marquee 1 & 2, John
Sommer, assisted by Jim Blackmon, will present a rare
group of non-Turkmen rugs, textiles and artifacts that
are little known outside of Russian museums. Many of the
rugs, screens, felts and other textiles he will show were
acquired directly in Kirghizstan. Travel slides will
augment the talk.
HALI.com: "Last but not least, local dealer Jim Blackmon, having sat out last year's show, returned to mount his best display for some time, with a carefully chosen mix of Old and New World material. The front of his stand was dominated by a superb Aymara mantle which, like much of the brilliantly woven Bolivian Altiplano material in the concurrent exhibition at his Bush Street gallery, was last seen in the Smithsonian Institution's 1983 travelling exhibition (see Adelson & Tracht, Aymara Weavings). After the bustle of the fair, with its enormous variety of sometimes brashly colourful material, the elegant, even 'spiritual' presentation of these delicate woven masterpieces was a true haven of peace and a place for contemplation."
HALI.com: "Aymara Aesthetic
Thursday, January 30, 2003