Jackie Ferrara

Indianapolis Museum of Art

Jackie Ferrara’s niche in the history of modern art has been built patiently and assiduously, piece by individual piece, much like her sculptures. Since the ’70s her art has been widely viewed as having humanized some of the cooler excesses of Minimalism. Ferrara’s wood sculptures, of imaginary and inventive architectural edifices and spaces, gesture toward craftsmanship and a kind of hard-won harmony. This traveling retrospective includes 70 sculptures, drawings, and models, many for public commissions, and is the most extensive Ferrara has yet received, providing a very rich and satisfying overview of her art since 1974.

Ferrara remains faithful to the gods of her earliest esthetic impulses. She continues to pursue her craft of logic and deliberation, beginning each piece with extensive preparatory drawings in which she works out a particular architectonic pattern and elevation, and ending

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