An installation view of the exhibition, Ruth Asawa: Life's Work at the Pulitzer Foundation in St. Louis, dated 2018.
An installation view of the exhibition, Ruth Asawa: Life's Work at the Pulitzer Foundation in St. Louis, dated 2018.
An installation view of the exhibition, Ruth Asawa: Life's Work at the Pulitzer Foundation in St. Louis, dated 2018.
"Is this the most beautiful show of the year?"
The Washington Post, Review by Sebastian Smee
September 25, 2018

"The year’s most beautiful exhibition—yes, it’s September, but I’m willing to make the call now—is a survey of suspended hanging sculptures and works on paper by Ruth Asawa at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation. I write this less than an hour after leaving “Ruth Asawa: Life’s Work,” so forgive me if I sound effusive. But I wager you wouldn’t demur. Out in the haze and heat shimmer of late-summer St. Louis, my body still hums with an unfamiliar sensation—of weightlessness, transparency and an almost rude elegance.

Asawa’s sculptures are intricate, organic-seeming things, made from crocheted copper, brass, galvanized steel and iron wire. They have an aura of casual prowess and the concision of crunched-down equations describing the curves of water droplets or summer weeds shooting skyward in spirals. You don’t expect sculpture to function as a visual correlative to swimming in air. Asawa found a way and, in so doing, found her voice."

Read the full review in The Washington Post

Ruth Asawa: Life's Work is on view at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation in St. Louis through February 16, 2019. The David Zwirner Viewing Room currently features a selection of prints by the artist.

Cover Image: installation view, Ruth Asawa: Life's Work, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St. Louis, 2018. Photo © Alise O'Brien Photography