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This cascading installation is one of the most massive produced by Sheila Hicks since she began working with textiles, or “supple materials” as she refers to her medium, in the late 1950s. As with many of her other large-scale works, Hicks designed the piece with the architecture of the gallery in mind. Of interest to her here are the coffered, open design of the ceiling and the sense of solidity she found in the stone floor. By extending the cords so they unfurl from the ceiling and coil on the floor, she hopes to activate viewers’ awareness of these architectural elements.
Trained as a painter, Hicks became interested in global, and particularly South American, textile traditions, going on to develop her distinctive merger of painting, sculpture, drawing, and weaving. For her, the way that the richly colored lines of her pieces move and intersect is a form of drawing in three dimensions.
Also on view in the Biennial are four smaller works by Hicks, made from threads of silk, paper, pineapple fiber, and cotton.
Sheila Hicks’s work is on view in the Museum’s fourth floor galleries.
Academy Records and Matt Hanner
Ei Arakawa and Carissa Rodriguez
Robert Ashley and Alex Waterman
Lisa Anne Auerbach
Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Véréna
Paravel, and Sensory Ethnography Lab
Critical Practices Inc.
Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst
Radamés “Juni” Figueroa
Gaylen Gerber with David Hammons,
Sherrie Levine, and Trevor Shimizu
Tony Greene curated by Richard
Hawkins and Catherine Opie
Yve Laris Cohen
My Barbarian (Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon
and Alexandro Segade)
Sara Greenberger Rafferty
Steve Reinke with Jessie Mott
Valerie Snobeck and Catherine Sullivan
Charline von Heyl
David Foster Wallace