Diane Simpson

Opening Reception for Diane Simpson: Cardboard-Plus, 1977–1980

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 4:30pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery


Opening reception at 4:30pm; artist talk by Diane Simpson at 5pm.

Diane Simpson: Cardboard-Plus, 1977–1980 presents her large-scale cardboard sculptures and collaged constructions in their most comprehensive presentation since 1980. These works represent an important transition in the artist’s practice from drawing and printmaking into sculpture. Each sculpture is composed additively of interlocking planar shapes supporting each other to form a volume. The artist’s use of cardboard was a pragmatic solution to creating easily-transportable works without a studio space. Cardboard also doubles as volumetric paper, becoming a support surface for intricate graphite drawings on many of the sculptures. Simpson’s later work, for which she is so well-known, contains references to the architecture of clothing and fashion. In contrast, the body of work in Cardboard-Plus is much more formal in nature. Cardboard-Plus is a rare moment to view works by the artist not often seen in the last 40 years.

On display through through Sunday, March 1, 2020.

Gallery hours are Tuesday and Wednesday, Noon–5pm; Thursday, Noon–7pm; and Friday through Sunday, Noon-5pm.

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Image above: Diane Simpson in her installation at Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, 1979.