THE INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART/BOSTON

“Splendid, viscerally engaging…
[a] groundbreaking exhibition.”
Boston Globe


Fiber: Sculpture 1960
present is the first exhibition in 40 years to examine the development of abstraction and dimensionality in fiber art from the mid-twentieth century through to the present. Adapting age-old techniques and traditional materials, artists working in fiber manipulate gravity, light, color, mass, and transparency to demonstrate the infinite transformations and iterations of their material. Early pioneers such as Magdalena Abakanowicz, Sheila Hicks, Lenore Tawney, and Claire Zeisler demonstrated a revolutionary redefinition of fiber art in the 1960s and 70s, showcasing radical, non-representational forms. Fiber: Sculpture 1960present addresses the cultural and critical forces that contributed to the initial efflorescence of the fiber revolution in the mid-century, its contraction in the 1980s, and its recent reclamation by contemporary artists. 


Crisscrossing generations, nationalities, processes, and approaches, the exhibition features approximately 50 works by 34 artists—including works by the aforementioned artists alongside Olga de Amaral, Eva Hesse, Ernesto Neto, Rosemarie Trockel, Anne Wilson, and Haegue Yang—that range from small-scale weavings to immersive environments, all made in fiber.


FEATURED ARTISTS

Magdalena Abakanowicz
Olga de Amaral
Xenobia Bailey
Alexandra Bircken
Jagoda Buić
Alexander da Cunha
Ria van Eyk
Josh Faught
Elsi Giauque
Françoise Grossen
Eva Hesse
Sheila Hicks
Diane Itter
Ritzi and Peter Jacobi
Naomi Kobayashi
Beryl Korot
Ruth Laskey
Aurèlia Muñoz
Ernesto Neto
Sheila Pepe
Robert Rohm
Ed Rossbach
Kay Sekimachi
Alan Shields
Sherri Smith
Jean Stamsta
Lenore Tawney
Rosemarie Trockel
Piotr Uklański
Faith Wilding
Anne Wilson
Haegue Yang
Claire Zeisler

Fiber: Sculpture 1960–present is organized by Jenelle Porter, ICA Mannion Family Senior Curator, and will be on view at the ICA from October 1, 2014 through January 4, 2015. Following its premiere in Boston, the exhibition will tour nationally to the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio (February 7 – April 12, 2015) and Des Moines Art Center, Iowa (May 8, 2015 – August 2, 2015).

 


 

Major support for Fiber: Sculpture 1960–present is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Additional support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts; The Coby Foundation, Ltd.; Kate and Chuck Brizius; Robert and Jane Burke; Paul and Catherine Buttenwieser; Karen and Brian Conway; Bridgitt and Bruce Evans; Jim and Audrey Foster; Allison and Edward Johnson; Barbara Lee; Tristin and Martin Mannion; Mark and Marie Schwartz; and Anonymous.





Image: Sheila Hicks, Banisteriopsis II, 1965-66/2010. Wool and linen, dimensions variable. The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. Gift of the artist in honor of Jenelle Porter. Photo by Charles Mayer. © Sheila Hicks

 

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