Art/ Collection/ Art Object

"Linen Lean-To" Tapestry Bas-Relief

Designer:
Sheila Hicks (American, born Hastings, Nebraska, 1934)
Date:
designed 1967–68; executed 1985
Medium:
Linen
Dimensions:
59-1/8 x 82-3/4 x 6 in. (150 x 210 x 15.2 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Tapestries
Credit Line:
Purchase, Anonymous Gift, 1986
Accession Number:
1986.7
Rights and Reproduction:
© Sheila Hicks
Not on view
Sheila Hicks conceived this work after a winter trip to Normandy, France. She successfully recreated the effect of snow piled high on the rooftops by overlapping layers of tassels made from bleached linen thread to produce a luxuriantly thick, soft-white relief.
the artist, Paris (1985–86; sold to MMA)

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Century of Design, Part III: 1950–1975," November 28, 2000–April 1, 2001, no catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "One of a Kind: The Studio Craft Movement," December 22, 2006–December 2, 2007, no catalogue.

Andover, Mass. Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy. "Sheila Hicks: 50 Years," November 5, 2010–February 27, 2011, unnumbered cat. (p. 65, as "Linen Lean-to").

Philadelphia. Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania. "Sheila Hicks: 50 Years," March 25–August 7, 2011, unnumbered cat.

Charlotte, N.C. Mint Museum of Craft and Design. "Sheila Hicks: 50 Years," October 1, 2011–January 29, 2012, unnumbered cat.

Martin Filler in High Styles: Twentieth-Century American Design. Exh. cat., Whitney Museum of American Art. New York, [1985], pp. 185–86, fig. 5.23 (color, installation photo, Georg Jensen showroom, New York, ca. 1968), discusses "Pony Tail Forest Wall Hanging," a larger series created for the Georg Jensen showroom, for which this work was originally designed.

Amelia Peck in "Twentieth Century Art." Recent Acquisitions: A Selection, 1985–1986. New York, 1986, p. 69, ill., calls it "Linen Lean-to".

Joan Simon and Susan C. Faxon. Sheila Hicks: 50 Years. Exh. cat., Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass. New Haven, 2010, pp. 36, 235, ill. p. 65 (color).



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