Alice Aycock

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.


Recent and upcoming exhibitions

Malborough Gallery, New York, USA
The Turbulence Series
Solo exhibition
October 18 – November 18, 2017

Kunstverein am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin, Germany
Hidden Lines of Space
Group exhibition
July 7 – 22, 2017

Malborough Contemporary, New York
No Boundries
Group exhibition
March 8 – April 1, 2017

Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg, Germany
Bestandsaufnahme VI : Revolver
New presentation of the permanent collection
October 22, 2016 – December 31, 2017

Jane and Harry Willson Sculpture Garden, Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, Georgia
Twists and Turns: Sculptures by Alice Aycock
Temporary installation
September 04, 2015 – September 04, 2016

Sprengel Museum, Hannover
Another Twister (João)
Permanent installation
From September 11, 2015

Bad Homburg
Blickachsen 10
Group exhibition
May 31 – October 4, 2015

Park Avenue Mall Installation, New York, NY
Park Avenue Paper Chase: Spring 2014
Solo exhibition
March 8 – July 20, 2014

Selected publications

Jonathan Fineberg
Alice Aycock Drawings: Some Stories Are Worth Repeating
Published by: Parrish Art Museum, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-300-19110-3

Robert Hobbs
Alice Aycock: Sculpture and Projects
Published by: MIT Press, 2005
ISBN: 0-262-08339-6

Information on shows at the gallery

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