Alice Aycock was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She lives and works in New York City. As one of the youngest members of the early 1970s’ circle of New York artists around Gordon Matta-Clark and 112 Greene Street Gallery, she gained early international recognition with her large outdoor sculpture contribution to documenta 6 (1977) in Kassel.
Her work was subsequently presented in exhibitions around the world including solo shows at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Serpentine Gallery, London, as well as comprehensive European museum retrospectives in Germany (Stuttgart; Cologne; Marl), Holland (Haags Gemeentemuseum), and Switzerland (Kunstmuseum Luzern). In 1990, a second retrospective entitled “Complex Visions” was organized by the Storm King Art Center in Mountainville, NY.
Major group exhibitions include the 1979 and 1981 Whitney Biennials in New York City, the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C., documenta 6 (1977) and documenta 8 (1987), the Venice Biennale (1978; 1980; 1982), and the first major museum survey on Land Art, “Ends of the Earth: Art of the Land to 1974,” at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art and the Haus der Kunst in Munich (2012), as well as “Materializing ‘Six Years’: Lucy R. Lippard and the Emergence of Conceptual Art” at the Brooklyn Museum.
Alice Aycock’s works can be found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Museum, the Louis Vuitton Foundation, LA County Museum, the National Gallery, Washington D.C., and many others. There are numerous outdoor pieces and installations permanently sited in public and private collections in the U.S., Europe and Asia dating back to her earliest projects. A long list of these pieces includes: East River Roundabout, New York City, the New San Francisco Public Library, the Sacramento Convention Center, Star Sifter at Terminal One of JFK International Airport, Ghost Ballet for East Bank Machineworks in Nashville, Tennessee, What Every Traveler Needs To Know at the Philadelphia International Airport, and the recently completed The Game of Flyers Part Two at Washington Dulles International Airport, Chantilly, VA. Permanent reconstructions of A Simple Network of Underground Wells and Tunnels from 1975 and Low Building with Dirt Roof (for Mary) from 1973 are currently sited at Omi International Arts Center in Ghent, NY, and the Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, NY, respectively.