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“Sheila Hicks: 50 Years,” 2011, installation view, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania; photo by Aaron Igler/Greenhouse Media
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WOVEN COLOR
by Donald Kuspit



Sheila Hicks is one of the great woman fiber artists, working in the tradition established by Sonia Delaunay and Anni Albers, but boldly extending it into new esthetic territory. Their work is inseparable from the history of so-called “pure art,” and in fact was often much more adventurous, not to say innovative, than the work of their husbands, both by reason of its use of found material -- textile -- and by reason of its formal complexity.

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