Barbara Chase-Riboud Malcolm X Steles

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Bringing together more than forty works from the United States and Europe, this exhibition examines Barbara Chase-Riboud’s artistic career, focusing primarily on her important Malcolm X sculptures. Five works from that series—among them the Museum’s Malcolm X #3 of 1969—and five closely related sculptures are included.

Chase-Riboud conceived the first Malcolm X in early 1969 while in Paris, where she moved in late 1960 after completing a graduate degree in architecture at Yale University. Abstract sculptures that combine cast bronze with wrapped skeins of silk and wool, these wholly unique, over life-size works capture a single moment in an endless cycle of transformation. Harmonizing various contradictory associations, they combine the vertical and horizontal, mineral and organic, male and female, heavy and light, rigid and supple.  

  • Editor: Carlos Basualdo
  • Contributors: Barbara Chase-Riboud, Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, Ellen Handler Spitz and John Vick
  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2013
  • 120 pages, 12" x 11"
  • ISBN: 9780876332467
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