Not Little Red’s Basket

When I first heard that the hip Michener Museum in Doylestown, Pa., was having an exhibit on baskets, I thought, huh? Then I saw the pictures — these are not the baskets your grandmother set her apple pie in!

Intertwined: Contemporary Baskets from the Sara and David Lieberman Collection is on view at the Michener Art Museum in Doylestown through Nov. 2. Arizona art collectors Sara and David Lieberman have one of the most extensive collections of contemporary baskets in the country, and this exhibition features more than 70 examples by regional, national and international artists who have manipulated a range of materials to create intriguing objects that push the boundaries of basket-making. The baskets in this exhibition show the breadth of the art form with traditional and functional works exhibited along with mixed-media sculptures.

These contemporary artists are using innovative forms and materials to push the medium into the realm of sculpture, while still retaining a firm grasp on the basket’s traditional role as a functional object, and the baskets are made of everything from traditional, natural materials to zippers, copper wire and even fish skin.

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