Ruth Asawa: Crocheted Wire Sculpture

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”.

LAMA is offering a Ruth Asawa Crocheted Wire Sculpture in the upcoming May 23, 2010 Modern Art & Design Auction. It is listed in the catalogue as:

Ruth Asawa
(Continuous Form)
Executed late 1950s
Crochet wire sculpture
$80,000 – 120,000

LAMA wishes to thank Aiko Cuneo for her assistance in cataloguing this lot.


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