New York

Judith Shea

Willard Gallery

Judith Shea offers the most exciting and significant sculptural vision of the figure seen in New York this season. Her latest works are capable of arousing the deepest feelings in their audience. Although best known for her pioneering achievements in bridging the gap between art and fashion, Shea’s current pieces are very much in the sculptural mainstream. Remaining true to her distinctive way of seeing, she continues to make forms related to clothing, and to turn toward personal objectives the value of clothes as cultural signs; however, her means and ends are directed to the major challenge of making sculpture that both fits into the grand figurative tradition and is meaningful for these times.

It’s hardly exaggeration to claim that no one else is doing sculpture like Shea’s. We instantly recognize the 3-dimensional aluminum shape of Shelf Piece, 1984, for example, as a tight-fitting

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