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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.

Sheila Hicks, Si j’étais de laine, vous m’accepteriez ?, exhibition view, galerie frank elbaz, Paris, 2016 Photo: Raphael Fanelli © frank elbaz, Paris
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Sheila Hicks, Si j’étais de laine, vous m’accepteriez ?, exhibition view, galerie frank elbaz, Paris, 2016 Photo: Raphael Fanelli
© frank elbaz, Paris

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.

Nina Rodrigues-Ely / Carlotta Montaldo
Publié le 19/09/2016
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Sheila Hicks, Si j’étais de laine, vous m’accepteriez ?, exhibition view, galerie frank elbaz, Paris, 2016 Photo: Raphael Fanelli © frank elbaz, Paris Sheila Hicks, Si j’étais de laine, vous m’accepteriez ?, exhibition view, galerie frank elbaz, Paris, 2016,Photo: Raphael Fanelli © Galerie frank elbaz, Paris Sheila Hicks, lianes de beauvais | a iminência das poéticas, Bienal de Sa Paulo 2012 © Edouard Fraipont Vue de l’exposition Baôli de Sheila Hicks – Palais de Tokyo, avril 2014 – mars 2015 © Palais de Tokyo Vue de l’exposition ’Predestined: Colour Waves’’ Espace Louis Vuitton de Munich 2015 © Fondation LV and the artist Vue de l’expostion revolution in the making Hauser & wirth Sheila Hicks, Banisteriopsis, 1965 1966 and Banisteriopsis II, 1965 1966  2010 © Hauser & wirth Vue de l’expostion, Sheila hicks “DIO MIO“ 2016, galleria Massiomo Minini © Galleria Massiomo Minini Sheila Hicks,Hieroglyph,1964,Phillips, de Pury & Luxembourg New York 11/06/ 2003 [Lot 00491] vendu pour 862,75 e © Phillips, de Pury Sheila Hicks,Maquette, 1967, Phillips de Pury & Company London 25/09/2008 [Lot 00023] © Phillips de Pury & Company

Sheila Hicks, Si j’étais de laine, vous m’accepteriez ?, exhibition view, galerie frank elbaz, Paris, 2016 Photo: Raphael Fanelli
© frank elbaz, Paris

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