Sheila Hicks: 50 Years


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Author Susan C. Faxon, Joan Simon, and Whitney Chadwick
Publisher Yale University Press
Date 2010
Country United States
Cover Hardcover
Dimensions 12.1" x 9.9" x 1.1", 256 pages
Sheila Hicks (born 1934) is a pioneering artist noted for objects and public commissions whose structures are built of color and fiber. This volume accompanies the first major retrospective of Hicks’s work; it documents the remarkable versatility and dramatically divergent scale of her textiles as well as her distinctive use, and surprising range, of materials. Hicks deliberately and provocatively engages what are often considered mutually exclusive domains, rethinking and pushing the limits of generally accepted contexts, conditions, and frameworks. These include distinct objects and temporal, performative actions; studio works and commissions for public buildings; and textiles made in artisanal workshops as well as for industrial production in places as different as Chile, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Sweden, and the United States.

Exquisitely designed and lavishly illustrated, this book demonstrates that Hicks’s pioneering work with textiles has embraced yet reinvented tradition, successfully navigating the terrain between art, design, and architecture.