Thursday, September 11, 2008

Common Threads

Interlacing past and present areas of focus at the Addison, color prints by Arthur Wesley Dow and Sheila Hicks’s woven miniatures will be on view in New York City this fall. Breathtaking, colorful and modest in size, both Dow’s and Hicks’s work share a mastery of techniques, one in printmaking and the other in weaving. Recalling the Addison’s past exhibition Ipswich Days, Hirschl & Adler Galleries will open Along Ipswich River: Color-Prints by Arthur W. Dow on October 10th through November 15th. Explosive in color and inventive in construction, twenty woven miniatures by Sheila Hicks will be on view in Minimes: Small Woven Works at the Davis & Langdale Company, Inc. on October 1st and continues through November 8th. Currently, the Addison staff is busy organizing a touring retrospective of the artist’s work to open in September 2010. Minimes offers a glimpse of Hicks’s oeuvre.

If you are passing through New York this October, then please take this opportunity to re-familiarize yourself with the scenes of Dow’s hometown of Ipswich and discover the innovative miniatures of Sheila Hicks. Both exhibitions promise to be aesthetically pleasing and confirm various ways of artistic creation.

Jaime DeSimone, Charles H. Sawyer Curatorial Fellow

Images (left to right): Arthur Wesley Dow (1857-1922), The Derelict, or the Lost Boat, about 1916, color woodcut, 4 1/8 x 1 7/8 in. (10.5 x 4.7 cm), Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, partial gift of George and Barbara Wright and partial purchase as the gift of R. Crosby Kemper through the R. Crosby Kemper Foundation; © Sheila Hicks (b. 1934), linen and cork for May We Have This Dance?, 2005, sculpture bas-relief at Target Corporation, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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