Milwaukee

Jackie Winsor

Milwaukee Art Museum

Jackie Winsor’s sculptures are so sober, deliberate, and palpably saturated with experience that it is not surprising to learn that her artistic output to date has been relatively small. From her early coiled-rope sculptures (inaugurated in 1967) through her wall inset pieces of 1990, Winsor has created no more than 75 sculptures; this retrospective brought together 28 of them.

From Fifty-Fifty, 1975, a wooden cube with 20,000 nails each patiently hammered into its surface, to Exploded Piece, 1980–82, which the artist blew up (with the assistance of the New York Police Department bomb squad) and then reassembled, Winsor’s signature efforts register the performance activity involved in their realization. Indeed, there is a sense that the objects she creates bear the fruits of the carefully planned sequences of both chance and design that comprise their history. In Painted Piece, 1979–80,

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