The Centre Pompidou devotea a solo exhibition to Sheila Hicks, an American artist based in Paris since the mid-1960s. Looking back at Hicks’ career from 1957 to the present day, 145 works are displayed in Galerie 3, overlooking the city of Paris.
The exhibition invites the public to discover the various expressions of an art that uses cotton, wool, linen and silk to enrich our perceptions of colour, material and space.
«Sheila Hicks. Lignes de vie [Life Lines]» casts a new light on the artist’s work that has been reviewed over the past years. Some twenty pieces have now joined the Centre Pompidou’s collection thanks to a major donation to the Musée National d’Art Moderne. The exhibition’s fluid and non-chronological circuit is structured around a formal and chromatic dialogue between the artworks and the space.
Alongside sculptures – some of them are monumental – the exhibition includes more than a hundred of Minimes : small, A4-sized woven pieces or compositions, forming a sort of laboratory for her entire work, and expressing her enthusiastic creativity.
During her studies at Yale University in the late 1950s, Sheila Hicks discovered the splendours and subtleties of pre-Columbian textiles. she also appropriated the legacy of the bauhaus through
the teachings of Josef Albers, then began creating works that shook up the hierarchy of artistic practices, moving freely between fine art, design and decoration. under the influence of Albers, a colour theorist and artist, and then the great Mexican architect Luis Barragan, Hicks developed the genuine “chromophilia” that has imbued all her work ever since.