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TWO WORKS BY RUTH ASAWA: PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF JAMES J. LUDWIG

Ruth Asawa
UNTITLED (S.256, HANGING TIED-WIRE, DOUBLE-SIDED, OPEN-CENTER, SIX-BRANCHED FORM BASED ON NATURE)
Estimate
200,000300,000
LOT SOLD. 884,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT
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TWO WORKS BY RUTH ASAWA: PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF JAMES J. LUDWIG

Ruth Asawa
UNTITLED (S.256, HANGING TIED-WIRE, DOUBLE-SIDED, OPEN-CENTER, SIX-BRANCHED FORM BASED ON NATURE)
Estimate
200,000300,000
LOT SOLD. 884,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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Ruth Asawa
1926 - 2013
UNTITLED (S.256, HANGING TIED-WIRE, DOUBLE-SIDED, OPEN-CENTER, SIX-BRANCHED FORM BASED ON NATURE)
galvanized iron wire
29 3/4 by 46 by 46 in. 75.6 by 116.8 by 116.8 cm.
Executed circa 1965.
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Provenance

Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner in April 2002

Exhibited

San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Extended Loan, 1970-1999

Catalogue Note

"Equally provocative are Asawa's tied-wire sculptures...These forms, which either hang from the ceiling or are mounted on the wall, were based on the binary branching design of the skeleton of a desert plant that Asawa's friends Paul and Virginia Hassel brought to her in 1962. Unable to make a two-dimensional drawing of the plant that satisfied her, Asawa shaped it in wire to understand its structure and then found that she was able to render its form more accurately in wire."
Daniel Cornell, "The Art of Space: Ruth Asawa's Sculptural Installations" in Exh. Cat., San Francisco, M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, The Sculptures of Ruth Asawa: Contours in the Air, 2006, p. 160

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