remembering california sculptor ruth asawa

Ruth Asawa
Ruth Asawa with her wire sculpture work

California artist Ruth Asawa passed away at her home in San Francisco on August 6, 2013, due to natural causes. Born from a Japanese immigrant family, she died at 87.

I admired Asawa’s work at The de Young Fine Arts Museum. Her crocheted and tied wire sculptures of the 1950s-60s made from copper, brass, iron and other materials are inspired by natural forms, structures, and trees. These modernist works acted as 3D drawings for the artist. They are delicate and beautiful in their material and in the shadows they create when lit while floating in space.

Ruth Asawa

Ruth Asawa

Ruth Asawa

Ruth Asawa

The de Young Museum, a favorite of San Francisco residents and visitors since 1895, is located at 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive in the heart of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.

In 2005, the museum was reopened with a new building designed by Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron and Fong & Chan Architects in San Francisco. I highly recommend a visit when in San Francisco, for the exhibitions, the architecture, and the splendid grounds in the park by the Bay.

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