Sheila Hicks Rediscovered
Art Market | Born in Nebraska in 1934, Sheila Hicks is an American artist and tutelary figure of the Fiber Art movement of the 60s and 70s. A contemporary re-reading of art history has led to a recent market rediscovery of the artist and her work.
A study of auction prices between 2003 and 2008 shows a 2,282.95% increase. In 2003, the work Hieroglyph (1964), estimated between 850.00 and 1,275.00 euro, sold for 862.75 euro in a sale at Phillips de Pury New York, while in 2008 a similar work Maquette (1967), estimated between 10,112.59 and 12,640.74, sold for 20,541.20 euro at Phillips de Pury London.
Since the 2000s, Sheila Hick’s renown has grown through a series of prestigious exhibitions : Elles@centrepompidou in 2010, the Sao Paulo Biennial in 2012, Decorum : Tapis et Tapisseries d’artistes at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in 2013, an intervention at the Palais de Tokyo in 2014, Big Ideas : Sheila Hicks at Whitechapel Gallery and Predestined : Color Waves at Munich’s Espace Louis Vuitton in 2015…with a retrospective in the works at the Centre Pompidou.
Galleries are also proving interested in the work : Pliage / Fold at the Gagosian Gallery Paris in 2014, Unknown Data at Frank Elbaz in Paris in 2014, Revolution in the Making : Abstract Sculpture by Women, 1947-2016 at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel in 2016, Sheila Hicks “DIO MIO : ’GRASSHoPPER HEAVEN’” at Massimo Minini in 2016 and Si j’étais de laine, vous m’accepteriez ? at Frank Elbaz Paris in 2016.
While the Fiber Art movement was thought to be too close to craft in comparison with avant-garde movements of the 70s, today it is being integrated into a rereading of recent art history. To be continued.