Since the launch of 'Henzel Studio Collaborations' at Barneys New York Madison Avenue in 2014 during Frieze Art Fair, Henzel Studio has developed limited edition art rugs with over thirty leading contemporary artists including Ashley Bickerton, Sanford Biggers, Olaf Breuning, Scott Campbell, Leo Gabin, Nan Goldin, Douglas Gordon, Kim Gordon, Carsten Höller, Jonathan Horowitz, Robert Knoke, Helmut Lang, Linder, Bjarne Melgaard, Marilyn Minter, Tim Noble & Sue Webster, Tony Oursler, Richard Phillips, Jack Pierson, Richard Prince, Anselm Reyle, Wilhelm Sasnal, Juergen Teller, Mickalene Thomas and Lawrence Weiner among others. Via 'Henzel Studio Heritage' extensive collections have also been developed in collaboration with artists' estates, that to date include Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Tom of Finland Foundation.

Henzel Studio has developed art rugs with over thirty leading contemporary artists and estates

Solo exhibitions of the 'Henzel Studio Collaborations’ program have been mounted at venues that include The Goss-Michael Foundation (Dallas), The New (Los Angeles), Barneys Madison Avenue (New York), Colette Gallery (Paris), Joyce (Hong Kong), Rossana Orlandi (Milan) and included in museum exhibitions at MOCA (Cleveland), Katonah Museum of Art (New York) and Boca Raton Museum of Art (Florida) among others. The program is curated by Joakim Andreasson and designed in collaboration with Calle Henzel.

Free to disregard design movements and related principles and rules, the featured artists were invited to freely and seamlessly translate their work and artistic ethos into the media at hand, exploring shape, volume, and finishing, where practicality was secondary to concept. This creative brief allows all artists to embrace the outcome as part of their body of work.

Art rugs have been around for quite some time in various forms, and some of the most prominent artists including Francis Bacon, Louise Bourgeois, Alexander Calder, Robert Indiana, Mike Kelley, Ellsworth Kelly, Fernand Leger, Roy Lichtenstein, Henri Matisse, Joan Miro, and Pablo Picasso have all turned to the media at some point in their oeuvre. However, rather than look back, we’re looking to encapsulate facets of contemporary art and work with a curated group of artists that simultaneously express their ethos within a broad yet defined scope. Having more than thirty leading contemporary artists collaborate in this capacity makes Henzel Studio Collaborations an unprecedented program, even though the artisan practices remind us that the possibility has always been there.
Joakim Andreasson, curator for Henzel Studio

Images: Henzel Studio Exhibition at Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas, in parallel with RETNA: Dovetail Mortises & La Peluca Grande. JONATHAN HOROWITZ, Rainbow Cross For Two, 2018. SCOTT CAMPBELL, Lonely, 2013, Installation view, Colette Gallery, Paris. RICHARD PRINCE, 12345678910, Installation view, Secondome Gallery, Rome.