Ruth Asawa Through Line

Ruth Asawa Through Line

Kim Conaty and Edouard Kopp with contributions by Aleesa Pitchamarn Alexander, Jordan Troeller, Scout Hutchinson, Kirsten Marples and Isabel Bird
9 1/2 × 11 inches
232 pages

Published 2023

Copublished with the Whitney Museum of American Art

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Best known today for her looped-wire sculptures, American artist Ruth Asawa (1926–2013) considered drawing as the center of her creative practice, an indispensable and generative daily exercise she likened to “scales for musicians.” Through drawing, Asawa explored the world around her and the boundaries of the medium itself. With more than 200 illustrations, Ruth Asawa Through Line is the first catalogue to focus on the importance of drawing in the artist’s oeuvre, revealing her wonderfully varied output from the late 1940s to the 1990s.

About the Authors:

Kim Conaty is the Steven and Ann Ames Curator of Drawings and Prints at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Edouard Kopp is the John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation Chief Curator of the Menil Drawing Institute