In the Carpet | Über den Teppich

Sheila Hicks: prayer rug, 1974, wool, 221 x 121,9 x 8,3 cm; © courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York
Sheila Hicks: prayer rug, 1974, wool, 221 x 121,9 x 8,3 cm; © courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York

Sheila Hicks (*1934, Hastings, Nebraska) has always worked with textiles and traditional techniques. She has been able to reveal new and hitherto unappreciated points of reference and to link contemporary installation art with influences from the art of carpet weaving. During her time as a student, she developed her own approach to traditional Mexican textile crafts, inspired in this by the teaching of Josef Albers and Anni Albers’s weaving. Working in Chile, she immersed herself in traditional production methods and studied under local artisans. Her work is always multi-referential and transcultural, she never travels without her loom, and her works are always inspiring and improvisational. In 1970 she was invited by the Moroccan government to work together with local weavers. This contact with Moroccan artisans led to traditional tapestries that Hicks transformed into hybrid products. In her series entitled “Prayer Rugs” she draws on both the traditions of Moroccan carpets and of Arabic architecture.

2016
Sheila Hicks: Apprentisage, Musee Carnavalet, Paris
Sheila Hicks: Material Voices, Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE

2015
Sheila Hicks: Predestined Colour Waves, Espace Louis Vuitton, Munich
wow! Woven? Enterin de (sub)Textiles, KM– Künstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst und Medien, Graz

2014
Sheila Hicks, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
Thread Lines, Drawing Centre, New York

2013
Shaping Modernity 1880 – 1980, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Decorum. Tapis et tapisseries d’artistes, Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris

2012
The Imminence of Poetics, 30th São Paulo Biennial 

2011
Intervention #18 Sheila Hicks – Cent Minimes, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam

2011
Décor et Installations, Les Gobelins Beauvais, Paris

Amina Agueznay: Draa ala draa, variations on a Menchar motive, 2016; wool, 50 x 50 cm;  © Amina Agueznay, courtesy of the artist
Anonymous: Zemmour, Middle Atlas, about 1940, wool and cotton, 175 x 111 cm; © Rabii Alouani Bibi collection
Taysir Batniji: Hannoun, 1972-2009; performance / installation, crayon chippings; colour photograph / inkjet print on paper, 150 x 100 cm; designed and realised at the ‘Palestine c/o Venice’ exhibition at the 53th Venice Biennial, 2009; © courtesy of
Anni Albers: Black White Grey, 1927; tapestry, silk and cotton, 155 x 120 cm; Neues Museum Nuremberg; © on loan from the city of nuremberg, The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, © (Anni Albers) VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016, photo: Neues Museum Nuremberg (A.
Saâdane Afif: La Leçon de géométrie: the motive (C3_p002) / prototype, 2015; knotted wool, 134 x 200 cm, carbon print on paper, on sandwich panel, 119 x 86 cm; © courtesy of the artist, photo: V. Tomaschko
Mosta Maftah: Feu en Océan, 1979; wool, silk threads, cotton, 85 x 160 cm © courtesy of the artist and Thinkart
Mohammed Melehi: untitled, 1936; acrylic on canvas, 153 x 127 cm; © courtesy of the artist; © (Mohammed Melehi) VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016
Gunta Stölzl: Draft with Two-Ply Fabric, draft 1926; wool, 77 x 303 cm, limited edition; © courtesy of the ifa, photo: A. Körner, bildhübsche Fotografie
Yto Barrada: untitled (realised in cooperation with the Darnas weaving workshop for women), 2014; hand-woven wool, 172 x 195 cm; © courtesy of the artist and the Sfeir-Semler Gallery Hamburg / Beirut
Sheila Hicks: prayer rug, 1974, wool, 221 x 121,9 x 8,3 cm; © courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York
Ida Kerkovius: Landscape, about 1927; hand-woven carpet, 125 x 135; © on loan from the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, photo: A. Körner, bildhübsche Fotografie
Rudolf Lutz: tapestry, draft 1918; wool, ca. 93 x 80 cm; © courtesy of the ifa, photo: A. Körner, bildhübsche Fotografie