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.
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Title:"Linen Lean-To" Tapestry Bas-Relief
Designer:Sheila Hicks (American, born Hastings, Nebraska, 1934)
Date:designed 1967–68; executed 1985
Dimensions:59 1/8 in. × 82 3/4 in. × 6 in. (150.2 × 210.2 × 15.2 cm)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Modern Tapestries: 1960–1986," April 23–October 13, 1996, no catalogue.
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 inHigh Styles: Twentieth-Century American Design. Exh. cat., Whitney Museum of American Art. New York, , 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".
Grace Glueck. "Design Review: From Curvy Organic Shapes to Hip and Playful Pop." New York Times (December 1, 2000), p. E36, calls it "Linen Lean-To" and dates it 1967–68.
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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