A groundbreaking examination of how the act of drawing was a vital component of Ruth Asawa’s multifaceted art
“A revelatory exhibition. . . . [A] fine exhibition catalog.”—Nancy Princenthal, New York Times, “Critic’s Pick”
Ruth Asawa (1926–2013), widely known for her looped-wire sculptures, was an inveterate drawer. She filled sketchbook after sketchbook and even stated that drawing was central to her sculpture. This volume is the first to consider the significance of drawing in Asawa’s oeuvre throughout her career, featuring essays that examine the range of Asawa’s aesthetic maneuvers across materials and techniques; how Asawa’s drawing intertwined with the Bay Area arts community and her contributions to public education as a teacher and organizer; and the influence of Josef Albers’s pedagogy and Asawa’s lifelong adoption of his type of paper folding. Tracing Asawa’s artistic journey from her first formal art lessons in a Japanese American internment camp during World War II through her time at Black Mountain College and beyond, this comprehensive overview of the artist’s drawings includes reproductions of more than one hundred works—many of which have never been published—organized into eight thematic sections that cut through time, reflecting an art-making practice that was more circular or cyclical than linear.
Distributed for the Menil Collection and the Whitney Museum of American Art
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (September 16, 2023–January 15, 2024)
The Menil Collection, Houston (March 22–July 21, 2024)
Kim Conaty is Steven and Ann Ames Curator of Drawings and Prints at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Edouard Kopp is John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation Chief Curator at the Menil Drawing Institute, Houston.
“A revelatory exhibition. . . . [A] fine exhibition catalog. . . . Asawa’s works on paper are a field map for her restless and irrepressibly generous vision.”—Nancy Princenthal, New York Times, “Critic’s Pick”
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