Ruth Asawa
Untitled (S.114, Hanging, Six-Lobed Continuous Form within a Form with One Suspended and Two Tied Spheres), ca. 1958

Artwork Info

Artwork title
Untitled (S.114, Hanging, Six-Lobed Continuous Form within a Form with One Suspended and Two Tied Spheres)
Artist name
Ruth Asawa
Date created
ca. 1958
iron, copper, and brass wire
131 × 22 × 22 in. (332.74 × 55.88 × 55.88 cm)
Date acquired
Collection SFMOMA
Phyllis C. Wattis Fund for Major Accessions
© Estate of Ruth Asawa
Permanent URL
Artwork status
On view on floor 2 as part of Open Ended: Painting and Sculpture, 1900 to Now.

In the summer of 1947, between terms as a student at North Carolina’s Black Mountain College, Asawa traveled to Toluca, Mexico, on a service trip. In the local markets, she discovered craftspeople making wire baskets. The experience inspired her technique of looping wire around wooden dowels. “You work on it as you go along,” she explained. “You make the line, a two-dimensional line, then you go into space, and you have a three-dimensional piece.” Asawa made Untitled (S.114 . . . ), among the most evocative and ambitious of her hanging wire sculptures, in her studio on Saturn Street in San Francisco.

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