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Apprentissages Sheila Hicks - Apprentissages
Handbook documenting a series of site-specific installations in Paris by a pioneer in textile art.
An American artist born in 1934 and based in Paris since 1964, Sheila Hicks has dedicated her life to the textiles and fibers she handles, sculpts, and glorifies in works both big and small. Her unique style gives shape to an international language, understandable by each of us, which is simultaneously tactile, emotional, and straightforward. Thanks to her profound mastery of technical craftsmanship and her rare aesthetic intuition, her artistic practice finds its equilibrium at the intersection of applied arts and contemporary art, proposing an idiosyncratic chromatic and formal vocabulary.
This handbook accompanies her project for the 2016 Festival d'Automne in Paris. Entitled “Apprentissages” (“learning processes”), it develops as a manifold exhibition held successively in the classical architecture of the Musée Carnavalet, dedicated to the history of Paris, in several shop windows in different Parisian neighborhoods, and finally in the post-modernist black cube of the Théâtre des Amandiers-Nanterre. Gathering together a record of the site-specific installations, rare archive photographs, and documents, the book is built around an extensive conversation between Sheila Hicks and Clément Dirié about her life and work, her relationship with Paris, her methods of learning and sharing.
Stemming from the long tradition of modern art which links abstraction to multiple disciplines, the American artist Sheila Hicks (born 1934, Hastings, USA, lives and works in Paris) revisits traditional artisanal textile, blurring the boundaries between painting and sculpture with her woven and textile work. After studying under Josef Albers at Yale, she started working with fibers during a journey in South America from 1958 to 1959, where she investigated the artisanal fabrics of Colombia, Chile, Peru and Bolivia; it then became her main medium. Sheila Hicks views her work, nourished by her travels and the cultures she has studied, as a process which results in the viewer interacting with the work she creates as well as the architecture it inhabits.
Edited by Clément Dirié.
Texts by Claude Lévi-Strauss and Clément Dirié.
Interview with Sheila Hicks by Clément Dirié.

Published with the Festival d'Automne, Paris.
published in June 2017
English edition
10,5 x 16,5 cm (softcover)
64 pages (color ill.)
ISBN : 978-3-03764-483-6
EAN : 9783037644836
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