Ruth Duckworth, Modernist Sculptor

August 31, 2006 — January 15, 2007

Renwick Gallery (Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW)

"Ruth Duckworth, Modernist Sculptor" is a comprehensive retrospective that positions Duckworth within the modernist movement and provides an overdue assessment of her contributions to the contemporary art world. The traveling exhibition will feature approximately 80 ceramic works including wall reliefs, freestanding sculpture and sculptural vessels. Many of the works are from the artist's private collection, including stone carvings and maquettes that will be exhibited publicly for the first time. In addition, the exhibition will incorporate photographs of Duckworth's large scale architectural murals and site specific sculptures, and a video documenting her life's work.

"Ruth Duckworth, Modernist Sculptor" is curated by Jo Lauria and Thea Burger for Art Options Foundation.

A major monograph that places Duckworth and her work squarely within the modernist movement and the world of émigré artists accompanies the exhibition. The catalog, published by Lund Humphries Publishers, contains a critical analysis of Duckworth’s creative output over the last 50 years by co-curator Jo Lauria, a biographical essay by the British writer Tony Birks and a foreword by artist Martin Puryear.

Untitled (Archival Inventory 761702) - 2003.55

Ruth Duckworth, Untitled (Archival Inventory 761702),2002, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the James Renwick Alliance in honor of Kenneth R. Trapp, curator-in-charge of the Renwick Gallery (1995--2003) and gift of an anonymous donor