Sheila Hicks

(b. 1934)

LAMA set the word auction record for any work by Sheila Hicks on May 22, 2016 with Untitled (1975) realzing $125,000.

About The Artist


Situated at the intersection of art, design, and architecture, the work of the trailblazing fiber artist Sheila Hicks defies easy categorization. A native of Nebraska, Hicks attended Yale University where she earned a BFA and MFA. Like her teacher Anni Albers, Hicks elevated textile and weaving above domestic handicraft to the stratum of fine art. In 1964 she moved to Paris, where she has lived and worked since.

Hicks forged a new acceptance of soft and unusual materials for art making. Especially significant is her weavings’ vibrancy. Bold hues and distinctive forms propel Hicks’s work toward an altogether original niche: neither sculpture nor painting but some transcendent combination of the two. As an artist working principally with fiber, Hicks shares the same concerns for surfaces and environments that an architect might. She, too, builds habitats, only abstractly and with materials like cotton yarn, wool, and silk.

Since the late 1960s, Hicks has turned out monumental wall hangings for installation in public spaces. Her textiles have been commissioned for buildings by such architectural giants of the past fifty years as Eero Saarinen, Ricardo Legorreta, and Kevin Roche.

Simon, Joan, Susan C. Faxon, and Whitney Chadwick. Sheila Hicks: 50 Years. Andover, MA: Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, 2010. Print. Danto, Arthur C., Joan Simon, Nina Stritzler-Levine, and Irma Boom. Sheila Hicks: Weaving as Metaphor. New Haven: Yale UP, 2006. Print.

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