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Malcolm X #5

© Barbara Chase-Riboud; Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, New York.

Malcolm X #5

Artist: Barbara Chase-Riboud (Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1939)
Date: 2003
Medium: Polished bronze and silk with steel support
Dimensions:
76 1/2 × 29 × 27 inches (194.3 × 73.7 × 68.6 cm)
Classification: Sculpture
Credit Line: Gift of Nigel and Ayodele Hart
Label Text:Sculptor Barbara Chase-Riboud combines metals with textiles to create imposing works inspired by identity, history, and loss. Materials are central to the artist’s work. In the late 1950s, Chase-Riboud developed a lost-wax casting technique that allowed her to create folded and bent sheets of bronze. She later combined this with long braided skeins of cascading silk and wool to create her signature style of heavy metal elements that appear to be supported by flowing fibers. Inspired by what she saw at the Pan-African Cultural Festival in Algiers, Algeria in 1969, Chase-Riboud created her first work in the Malcolm series as a memorial to the slain civil rights leader, Malcolm X. She returned to the subject several times over the next four decades, creating twenty works total, the most recent of which were finished in 2016. Malcolm X #5 is an imposing monument characterized by the artist’s signature combination of faceted and polished bronze that appears to hover over braided golden silk.
Object number: 2017.22.1