Tied-Wire Sculpture, Oakland Museum of CA, 1974


Created 1974

“What does a material do better than another material?” — Paul Lanier, Asawa’s son

Untitled (S.365) at the Oakland Museum of CA. Courtesy OMCA. Artwork © 2021 RAL, Inc.

Untitled (S.365) as installed at the Oak Street entrance, 2021. Photo © Tim Griffith. Artwork © 2021 RAL, Inc.

Asawa saved the actual desert plant that inspired her tied-wire sculptures. Photo by Aiko Cuneo

Asawa working in her studio, 1963. Photo © Imogen Cunningham Trust. Artwork © 2021 RAL, Inc.

Ruth Asawa working on a tied-wire sculpture in her studio, 1963. Photo © Imogen Cunningham Trust. Artwork © 2021 RAL, Inc.

Asawa and friend Mae Lee work on Untitled (S.225), 1996. Photo by Laurence Cuneo, Photo and Artwork © 2021 RAL, Inc.

Asawa's largest tied-wire sculpture, (S.365), in her home, c. 1974. Photo by Laurence Cuneo, Artwork © 2021 RAL, Inc.

Addie with Asawa's largest tied-wire sculpture, Untitled (S.365), on her living room floor, c. 1974. Photo by Laurence Cuneo, Photo and Artwork © 2021 RAL, Inc.

Asawa hosts schoolchildren at her home, c. 1974. Photo by Laurence Cuneo, Artwork © 2021 RAL, Inc.

Asawa hosts schoolchildren to see how she works, c. 1974. Photo by Laurence Cuneo, Photo and Artwork © 2021 RAL, Inc.

Asawa oversees the installation at the Oakland Museum, 1974. Photo © Laurence Cuneo. Artwork © 2021 RAL, Inc.

Asawa and Buckminster Fuller teaching using straws and string, 1974. Photo by Laurence Cuneo.

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