The Sculpture of Ruth Asawa: Contours in the Air

March 10 through May 27, 2007

This exhibition represents the first complete retrospective of this Nisei artist’s enduring and richly varied career.

Born on a truck farm in Southern California, Asawa was incarcerated at Rohwer concentration camp in Arkansas during World War II. In the 1940s, she attended Black Mountain College, the famous experimental art school in North Carolina.

The Sculpture of Ruth Asawa begins with her earliest works—drawing and paintings—created at Black Mountain College, and highlights the signature wire sculptures that formed her visual vocabulary of looped and tied open forms, which she continued to experiment with throughout her career.

Organized by the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, this exhibition of more than fifty sculptures and works on paper recognizes one of the most important women artists of the 20th century.

The Los Angeles presentation of The Sculpture of Ruth Asawa: Contours in the Air is made possible, in part, by the generous support of The Henri & Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation, the Aratani Foundation, and The James Irvine Foundation. Additional support was provided by Ernest & Kiyo Doizaki, Hazel & Kokki Shindo, and Mariko O. Gordon & Hugh Cosman.

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March 2007

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