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3530T Marlborough
December 8, 2020 12:00 PM - December 17, 2020 07:00 PMCalender

Sheila Hicks (b. 1934) Evolving Tapestry Textile

Auction: 20th Century Design - 3530T Location: Marlborough Date / Time: December 08, 2020 12:00PM


Sheila Hicks (b. 1934) Evolving Tapestry Textile, Paris, 1987, natural and bleached linen with polished red cotton wrapped and stretched, stitched by passementerie technique, forty-two individual elements, ht. 20, wd. 72, dp. 7 in.

Note: Hicks received her BFA and MFA from the Yale School of Art (1957/59). At Yale, she studied under Josef Albers and her thesis, on "Pre-Incaic Textiles," was supervised by Anni Albers. Following Yale, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for travel to Chile which would influence her body of work. From 1959 to 1964 she resided and worked in Mexico. Since 1964, Hicks has lived and worked in Paris, France.

On "Evolving Tapestry" MOMA writes "Composed of hundreds of bound and stacked "ponytail" units, this work assumes a different form each time it is exhibited. The repetitive, tactile process by which it has been constructed and installed reflects Hicks's preoccupation with gesture in textile fabrication. When intermeshed, individual threads form a textile, but here they are massed, emphasizing their collective volume. The heaped linen threads invite the viewer to reconceive the structural potential of the soft material."
Estimate $5,000-7,000

Good condition. All pieces are intact and free of staining and odor. Was professionally stored in a climate-controlled facility.

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Paris, France, Mexico