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Kay Sekimachi, Study for Crossed-Warp Effect, 1980s. Linen, dye; 4-layer continuous-weft weave and crossed warp on an 8-harness loom, dimensions variable. Collection of the artist. Image © Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Kay Sekimachi: Student, Teacher, Artist
Produced in close collaboration with San Francisco native Kay Sekimachi (b. 1926), a pioneer in the post-World War II fiber art movement, this exhibition offers a glimpse into the working processes of one of America’s most important weavers. The presentation includes a range of materials totaling over 30 artworks, from small studies to fully realized creations that trace Sekimachi’s evolution from student to artist.
During the 1960s and 1970s, the fiber art movement gave textile traditions new expression, pushing them into the realms of sculpture, installation, and performance art. Sekimachi carved out a unique place for herself during this fertile period. Sekimachi is also a life-long teacher and for the first time ever is sharing her early studies to demonstrate the links between education, discipline, and the mastery of one’s craft.
Throughout her six-decade-plus career, Sekimachi has explored the infinite possibilities of the double weave, a technique in which she used one warp to produce two-layer cloth and three-dimensional forms. In 1963, Sekimachi began experimenting with monofilament, a then-new material from DuPont Chemical; the resultant sculptures became a defining moment in her career. This exhibition showcasesKatsura (1971), a seminal artwork from this series, and a recent acquisition to the Museum’s textile arts collection.
Buddhist altar cloth (uchishiki), early 19th century. Japan, late Edo period. Silk, gold leaf paper strips; twill lampas, supplementary-weft patterning (kinran), 118.9 x 122.7 cm (46 13/16 x 48 5/16 in.). FAMSF, gift of Miss Carlotta Mabury, 54688.36
On the Grid: Textiles and Minimalism
On the Grid: Textiles and Minimalism presents a broad range of textile traditions from around the world that share many of the same aesthetic choices ascribed to Minimalist works. This exploration underscores the universality of the movement’s underlying design principles, which include regular, symmetrical, or gridded arrangements; repetition of modular elements; direct use and presentation of materials; and an absence of ornamentation.
Minimalist art is based upon pre-existing systems that conceive of the artwork in advance of its actual execution. These systems, often mathematical, rely on the repetition of simple forms. Textiles by their very nature comply with these core elements, and textile artists, like the Minimal artists, predetermine the finished work through their selection and processing of materials and in the warping or preparing of the loom. On the Grid examines these processes and further explores both the preeminence of weaving in the textile design vocabulary and its influences on the design of painted and dyed pieces that also conform to Minimalism’s repetition of forms and the grid as patterning devices.
Together, more than two dozen textiles from the Museums’ permanent collection examine various aspects of the Minimalist art aesthetic that address abstraction, precision, geometry, materiality, and process. These objects reflect the core principle that there is a beauty in simplicity that is both universal and timeless.
Tickets start at $25 for adults and include general admission; discounts are available for seniors, students, and youths. Special Premium tickets are also available. Members and children 5 and under are free. Tickets available at deyoungmuseum.org. Prices subject to change.
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