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Henzel Studio's art carpets by Helmut Lang, Nan Goldin, Juergen Teller and more artists are being auctioned on Paddle8 to benefit the Elton John Aids Foundation

Henzel Studio's art carpets by Helmut Lang, Nan Goldin, Juergen Teller and more artists are being auctioned on Paddle8 to benefit the Elton John Aids Foundation

Drawing on the floor

Text: Aravin Sandran


Who: Henzel Studio is a Swedish luxury carpet manufacturer and publisher established in 1999. Over the past 20 years, painter and collage artist Calle Henzel has been translating his artistic practice into rug-making. Today, Henzel Studio is regarded as one of the most progressive carpet brands in the world. All pieces are made by hand, using centuries' old weaving techniques that make each piece one of a kind.assume vivid astro focus, Adè Fontó Aquedando Forte, wool & silk, 305 × 235 cm, 2018

What: Henzel Studio is partnering with online auction house Paddle8 for an auction of its artist-designed carpets. A portion of the proceeds from the auction will benefit the lifesaving work of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. The featured artists were invited to freely translate their work and aesthetic into the woolly pile. They exaggerated shape, distorted volume, and experimented with finishing treatments. Here, the concept took precedence over functionality. The lot consists of limited edition carpets that have been handcraft using high-quality wool from New Zealand and bamboo silk. Among the artwork for sale are Andy Warhol's Marilyn Monroe silkscreens, Tom of Finland's 1978 homo-erotic portrait of a policeman, Juergen Teller's nude snapshot of Vivienne Westwood, Nan Goldin's photograph of dried roses and Scott Campbell's dollar-bill.

Why: Henzel Studio Collaboration is a cross-disciplinary intersection of age-old craftsmanship, high art and cutting-edge interior design. Curator Joakim Andreasson explained that even though artists such as Francis Bacon and Pablo Picasso have turned to this media at some point in their oeuvre, "having more than fifteen leading contemporary artists in this capacity makes Henzel Studio Collaborations an unprecedented program".Jonathan Horowitz, Rainbow Cross for Two, wool & silk, 220 × 200 cm, 2018

Each rug, regardless of artist, is priced per square foot and will be offered at a predetermined size.

The auction will present art carpets by assume vivid astro focus, Olaf Breuning, Scott Campbell, Nan Goldin, Calle Henzel, Jonathan Horowitz, Helmut Lang, Linder, Bjarne Melgaard, Marilyn Minter, Jack Pierson, Richard Phillips, Anselm Reyle, Juergen Teller, Mickalene Thomas, Lawrence Weiner, Jwan Yosef and in collaboration with the foundations of Andy Warhol and Tom of Finland.

Henzel Studio Collaborations' Paddle8 auction of artist-designed carpets in benefit of the Elton John Aids Foundation runs from 3 to 17 December 2018.

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