Sheila Hicks: 50 Years in the New York Times and Artforum

31 Mar 2011


Sheila Hicks: 50 Years, installation view, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, 2011. Photo by Aaron Igler/Greenhouse Media.

Sheila Hicks: 50 Years, on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art in 2011, received media attention from the New York Times and Artforum.

Leslie Camhi of the New York Times wrote: "Sheila Hicks: 50 Years [...] highlights the work of this classically trained modernist—a global artist before the term was fashionable—who adopted the language of textiles as her primary medium and expanded it exponentially." Jenelle Porter, who curated the show for its debut at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, told Camhi that Hicks "goes so much farther than anyone in the design world or the craft world or the art world...She crisscrosses back and forth with so much ease." Read more >

The exhibition "cherry-picks from the best of Hicks' oeuvre, from the miniature to the monumental: One wall showcases 62 of the 'minimes,' weavings no bigger than a page; another bursts forth with May I Have This Dance?, 2002–03, a site-specific 40-foot-tall waterfall of multicolored thread-wrapped cables that pour from the ceiling into a 25-foot pond of coils and loops," wrote Lauren O'Neill-Butler for Artforum. Read more >