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Recado a Gabriela Mistral [Message to Gabriela Mistral]

1995
20th century
265 cm x 428 cm (104 5/16 in. x 168 1/2 in.)

Nury González (Santiago, Chile, 1960 - ) Primary

Object Type: textile
Artist Nationality: Latin America, Chilean
Medium and Support: Embroidered cashmere
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of the artist, 2005
Accession Number: 2005.192

Nury González pays homage to Chilean poet and diplomat Gabriela Mistral, the first Latin American author to win a Nobel Prize for Literature (1945). Mistral also penned art criticism, calling her texts “recados” or “messages” that she sent to the artists she reviewed. González returns the favor in this work, saluting the writer with a selection of quotes from her poems. Embroidered on twelve panels of pin-striped fabric, the lines were chosen because they mention the word "lengua", Spanish for “tongue” or “language.” The jacket sewn on the surface allude to the tailored cashmere suits that became a trademark of Mistral’s public persona.

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