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Barbara Chase-Riboud is one of the most significant and original artists of her
generation -- a sculptor whose dramatic explorations of literary and historical
themes have earned her a presence in
major museums around the world
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Peter Selz & Anthony F. Janson, Authors
BARBARA CHASE-RIBOUD, SCULPTOR


 

Barbara Chase-Riboud first captured the attention of the art world in the 1970's with elegant, powerful sculptures in which she merged the hardness of bronze with the lush softness of woven silk and wool. Over the past three decades, she has continued to combine materials and mediums in uniquely expressive ways. Her work is represented in major surveys of Western art and in important private and public collections. This book presents the first comprehensive overview of the sculptures and drawings of this important artist.

 
 

BATHERS


This sculpture expresses her desire to produce objects, not only from another time, but also from another planet -- like the mysterious black slab in the film 2001.

The mood here is a kind of poetic science
fiction of the past evoking a world one supposes is either a lost civilization, an Atlantis, which has left us indecipherable artifacts or an
announcement of our own death and
destruction. It reminds one of
Haggard's She or Lovecraft's novels.


Francoise Cachin
Director
National Museums of France

AFRICA RISING
290 Broadway, New York


Two tons of cast bronze rising in powerful majesty to a height of 18 feet -- Africa Rising is not a
timid memorial to its African Burial Ground site in New York City, but an ark of collective history.

The work conveys the powerful emotions and
meaning of this historic site. The artist's successful use of substantial scale and permanent materials results in a symbolic landmark sculpture, stunning in formal beauty and rich in collective history.


The US General Services Administration
Fifth Bi-annual Design Award (1998)
 Best Art in a Federal Building 

 
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