Press Release

Sheila Hicks (American, born 1934) has been working supple and pliable materials for over sixty years. Known for pushing perceptions of art beyond traditional associations, the artist uses fiber to create sculptures and objects that give material form to color.



International exhibitions

International Archives 1st half of 2019

Sheila Hicks, Seave, Weave Space

Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas (USA)

11.05 - 18.08.2019




Yorkshire Sculpture International, A new festival of sculpture across Leeds and Wakefield

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Featuring 18 international artists from 13 different countries, the programme will bring together artists who share an interest in harnessing the cultural histories and physical properties of the materials they use. New commissions and exhibitions will respond to a provocation made by artist Phyllida Barlow in 2018—that "sculpture is the most anthropological of the artforms."

Highlights of the programme will include a new commission by Rashid Johnson at the Henry Moore Institute, and rarely-seen sculptures by preeminent Abstract Expressionist sculptor David Smith at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The Hepworth Wakefield will present a series of large-scale installations including new work by Wolfgang Laib and Tau Lewis’ first exhibition in the UK. Leeds Art Gallery will present a series of solo presentations and new commissions by artists including Nobuko Tsuchiya, and ambitious new collection displays will be presented at Leeds Art Gallery and The Hepworth Wakefield.

Yorkshire Sculpture International commissions include Huma Bhabha’s first public realm commission in the UK in Wakefield city centre, a site-specific sculpture by Ayşe Erkmen for Leeds Art Gallery’s central court, and new work by Tarek Atoui which will be presented in gallery spaces and through performances in public spaces in Leeds and Wakefield. Working almost entirely with figurative sculpture, Bhabha’s sculptures have a timeless quality, making connections between histories, languages and civilisations. Erkmen’s sculptural practice transforms environments as she responds to a particular place through eye catching interventions, often incorporating the architectural features of the location as part of the work. Atoui will create a series of performances exploring instrument-making, the material properties of sound and its connection to the body of the performer and those of the audience.

Yorkshire Sculpture International builds on Yorkshire’s rich history as the birthplace and home to pioneering sculptors including Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and Damien Hirst, and YSI’s partner galleries’ celebrated sculpture collections. Major sculptures by Damien Hirst will be shown outdoors in Leeds city centre and at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and inside Leeds Art Gallery. Hirst grew up in Leeds and went on to study at Leeds College of Art in the early 1980s, as Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore had done 60 years earlier.

Artists whose works will be exhibited during YSI include Tamar Harpaz, Rashid Johnson, Maria Loboda, Sean Lynch and Cauleen Smith at the Henry Moore Institute; Tarek Atoui, Ayşe Erkmen, Rachel Harrison, Damien Hirst, Joanna Piotrowska, and Nobuko Tsuchiya at Leeds Art Gallery; Tarek Atoui, Nairy Baghramian, Jimmie Durham, Wolfgang Laib and Tau Lewis at The Hepworth Wakefield; Damien Hirst, Kimsooja and David Smith at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

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Sheila Hicks,  Seize, Weave Space, installation view, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX, USA, 2019. Photo: Kevin Todora. Courtesy of the Nasher Sculpture Center.

Hicks began to explore the vast range of tactile and tension structures, along with painting and color theory, under the guidance of the faculty assembled by Josef Albers at Yale University in the mid-1950s. There her interest in ancient weaving was piqued by Pre-Columbian art historian Dr. George Kubler, and Hicks began to intensify her research on color, form, texture, and structure. The artist spent several formative years at Yale (1954–59), interspersed with a study grant to Chile and travels through South America, where she visited, photographed, and documented archaeological sites and indigenous weaving that informed her earliest woven exercises. Hicks’s work has continually expanded in scale, from intimate weavings constructed wherever she treks, to the architectural breadth of expansive walls, wrapped columns, and dramatic, textured environments of intensely hued, bundled fiber. Seize, Weave Space engages Hicks’s myriad techniques of expanding her manual vocabulary, as visible in the installation that fills and transforms the Lower Level Gallery into a landscape of little-known discoveries.

Sheila Hicks,  Seize, Weave Space, installation view, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX, USA, 2019. Photo: Kevin Todora. Courtesy of the Nasher Sculpture Center.