Conversation between artist Sheila Hicks and art historian Sarah Wilson

15 July 2020, 6.30 – 7.30 pm

American artist Sheila Hicks, who lives in Paris and New York, is known for her innovative and experimental weavings and sculptural textile art. She incorporates personal narratives and uses distinctive colours and natural materials in her large-scale works for both gallery and public spaces.

Hicks was born in Hastings, Nebraska, and received her BFA and MFA degrees from Yale University. A Fulbright scholarship in 1957-8 took her to Chile where she developed her interest in working with fibre. She went on to found workshops in Mexico, Chile, and South Africa, and work in Morocco and India.

She exhibits globally, with recent presentations of her work including the Venice Biennale (2017), the Whitney Biennale (2014), and the São Paulo Biennale (2012). She had a major solo exhibition, Lignes de vie, at the Centre Pompidou in 2013. Her exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield, planned for the summer of 2020, has been postponed to a later date owing to Covid-19.

Hicks’s works can be found in many major public collections including: the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Museum of Modern Art, New York City; the Museum of Fine Arts Boston; The Art Institute of Chicago; the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; and the Museo de Bellas Artes, Santiago.

Sarah Wilson is an art historian and curator whose interests extend from post-war and Cold War Europe and the USSR to contemporary global art. She is a Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, and is a member of AICA-UK.

The online discussion took place in the intimate setting of the artist’s Paris studio.

Recording of the conversation.

Image: Sheila Hicks with Foray into Chromatic Zones, Hayward Gallery, 2015