When we were out in California this August I was finally able to see the incredible wire sculptures of Ruth Asawa (1926-)–by accident. Wandering around the new de Young museum in San Francisco we found them by the elevators.
I first heard of Asawa at Third Avenue Clay, the ceramic studio in Gowanus, Brooklyn where I made small sculptures. I saw her on the cover of a magazine laying on the table. She was studied at the renown Black Mountain college with Josef Albers among others. I immediately fell in love with her woven wire pieces with their organic undulations and outer-spacey forms. She was a special find, as besides Nancy Spero (1926-2009, Spero just passed away 0n Oct 18), I knew so few female artists of this generation to be inspire by and who had managed to break through with a language of their own.