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Collection Spotlight

Sheila Hicks, Fenêtre I

Sheila Hicks
Fenêtre I, 2009
cotton, bamboo, linen, silk
purchased as the gift of Mark Rudkin

Sheila Hicks’s retrospective exhibition at the Addison filled the museum with dazzling works composed of color and line, ranging from oversized, three-dimensional, wrapped, and draped hangings to small, two-dimensional woven miniatures or “minimes,” created on a hand-held loom. To commemorate the celebratory exhibition and to honor this remarkable internationally renowned American artist, the Addison was able to add four Hicks miniatures from the 2009 Fenêtre series to its collection, with the support of the artist and with the generous assistance of the Addison’s long-time friend, advisor, and supporter Mark Rudkin ’47. The sophisticated interplay of jewel-like tones, the elegant, minimal form, and the suggestion of both enframement and openness (the quality of the “window” that is referenced by their title) of Fenêtre I, Fenêtre II, Fenêtre III, and Fenêtre IV, ensure that these treasured works will play an integral role in the Addison’s future exhibition and teaching programs.

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