Published by Yale University Press25.4 x 31 cm256 pagesHardbackISBN 9780300121644
This volume accompanies the first major retrospective of Sheila Hicks’s work, presented at ICA Philadelphia. It documents the remarkable versatility and dramatically divergent scale of her textiles as well as her distinctive use, and surprising range, of materials.
Three essays analyse the progression of Hicks’s art and her many modes of working. Among other topics, they examine the artists relationship to the expanded fields of the new sculpture and the new tapestry beginning in the 1960s, the reclamation of craft as subject and technique for artists in many media, the integrated influences of international cultures, and the aesthetic, pedagogical, conceptual, and historical framework from which Hicks’s work has developed.
This publication reveals the full extent of Hicks’s work, from exquisite miniature weavings to major sculptural pieces to such large-scale commissions as The Four Seasons of Fuji. 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.