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Ruth Asawa

August 22, 2011

While in Toluca, Mexico in 1947, Ruth Asawa learned how to crochet wire from a technique used to make egg baskets. According to Asawa these crotched wire sculptures are “three-dimensional drawings” floating across space. Instead of blocking and confining space, Asawa created interlocking patterns by using lines to capture a form that is still transparent. These sculptures were showcased in a retrospective exhibit of Asawa’s work at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 1973 and more recently at the de Young Museum in San Francisco in a 2007 exhibition The Sculpture of Ruth Asawa: Contours in the Air.

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