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Diane Simpson, Jabot (triplet), 2018, low-density fiberboard, colored pencil, linen, steel, wooden dowels, fabric straps, 43 × 33 × 21". Photo: Andy Keate.

Diane Simpson

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Diane Simpson, Jabot (triplet), 2018, low-density fiberboard, colored pencil, linen, steel, wooden dowels, fabric straps, 43 × 33 × 21". Photo: Andy Keate.

My favorite art-world tweet last year came from critic Martin Herbert, who proposed a keyboard short-cut to instantly insert today’s oft-needed phrase, “under-recognized female artist.” This time-saving keystroke would have come in mighty handy this autumn in London, which enjoyed survey exhibitions by Amy Sillman and the late Anni Albers alongside this first-ever UK solo presentation by American sculptor Diane Simpson. An admired figure in the Chicago art scene, Simpson had her second solo exhibition in New York in 2013, thirty-three years after the first one. She has barely exhibited in Europe, and many here—myself included—knew nothing of her stupendous work. Simpson’s long-established practice involves translating elaborate technical drawings into multipart sculptures, whether wall-based, freestanding, suspended, or in combination. Her graph-paper pencil renderings

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