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Barbara Chase-Riboud

Born, 1936 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

A substantial six-page review of Barbara Chase-Riboud: The Malcolm X Steles, (exhibition at Philadelphia Museum of Art, September 14 2013 - January 20 2014, then Berkeley Art Museum, February 12, 2014 - April 27, 2014) appeared in Art in America, March 2014, pages 122 - 127. The review (written by Judith E. Stein) began with a brief biographical sketch that situated Chase-Riboud:

“The 1960s were barely slipping into history when the African-American sculptor Barbara Chase-Riboud made her New York solo debut at the Bertha Schaefer Gallery on East 57th Street in 1970. A Philadelphian trained at her city’s Tyler School of Art (1956) and at Yale University (1960), Chase-Riboud had been living in France during the tumultuous ‘60s, disengaged from the Pop ironies and Minimalist concerns of her contemporaries. She had raised a family  and traveled internationally with photographer Marc Riboud, her husband at the time. In the course of those 10 years, she stepped away from the figure toward an expressive vocabulary of crimps and crevices. A two-stage breakthrough led to what would become her signature style.”

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