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Hannah Wilke, Athens, 1979, bronze, clockwise, from top: 7 × 4 3/4 × 3 1/2“, 5 1/2 × 4 × 3 3/4”, 3 × 2 1/4 × 2".

Hannah Wilke

Alison Jacques Gallery

Hannah Wilke, Athens, 1979, bronze, clockwise, from top: 7 × 4 3/4 × 3 1/2“, 5 1/2 × 4 × 3 3/4”, 3 × 2 1/4 × 2".

Though not quite a retrospective, this judiciously focused presentation, primarily composed of Hannah Wilke’s object work in sculpture and related drawings, implied the continued scope of the artist’s percolating influence some twenty years after her death. Copied onto a gallery wall at the exhibition’s entrance, her moving, ambitious text A Letter to Women Artists, 1975, set the tone: “I want to overwhelm you. I want to touch your feelings . . . Feel the folds.”

Here, those folds, those little pieces of nature, as she called them, were grouped according to material, the major curatorial focus of the show. Bronze, terra-cotta, kneaded erasers, chewed gum, and painted ceramic each appear as pressed, twisted, scratched, or curled envelopments, folded inward and over themselves, or, as in her 1979 bronze suite Athens, as if to protect some hidden core. Some sculptures resembled

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