Art Basel Miami Beach

December 6 - 9, 2018

Booth #S03

For Art Basel Miami’s Survey Sector, Anat Ebgi presents artist Faith Wilding, focusing on specific works from 1969-1979. 

The 1970s marked an explosion of work and research of a purely feminine nature which sought to move beyond male-centric painting and art history. As an early radical feminist, Wilding was a co-initiator of the Feminist Art Programs at Fresno State and California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), a founder of the Woman’s Building, a participant of the seminal “Womanhouse” exhibition, significantly contributing to the discourse of feminist art, especially in relation to Los Angeles.

Faith Wilding’s paintings and works on paper from this particular period often reference the botanical and metaphysical –  floral buds, leaves chrysalises, insects and bodily metamorphoses. Moth Triptych (1974) is an example of the artist’s watercolor series depicting the physiognomy of a moth, abstracted into undulating and delicate geometric forms. Throughout the three compositions, forms shift and unfurl, a gesture echoed by various accompanying graphite drawings of falling leaves and opening buds. Often embellished with gold leaf, Wilding references early medieval herbals, bestiaries, and alchemical manuscripts. Alongside her organic studies, the booth also includes documentation of Wilding’s performance, “Waiting,” The repetitious poetry traces birth to adolescence, wife to motherhood to death— the woman protagonist always in waiting, in service to someone, something. By examining this presupposed passivity, and annunciation of the process, Wilding reclaims her body, motives and time. The “Waiting” performance is the inception of Wilding’s prolific studies on the biological processes of growing and becoming.  

The Survey Sector presentation seeks to re-introduce Wilding’s incredibly diverse and prolific works made during this historic period. 

Faith Wilding

December 6 - 9, 2018

Faith Wilding, Installation view, 2018, Anat Ebgi at Art Basel Miami Beach
Faith Wilding, Installation view, 2018, Anat Ebgi at Art Basel Miami Beach
Faith Wilding, Installation view, 2018, Anat Ebgi at Art Basel Miami Beach
Faith Wilding
Moth Triptych, 1974
Watercolor, graphite and gold leaf on paper in vintage frames
40.5 x 26.5 inch, each
Faith Wilding
Moth Triptych, 1974
Watercolor, graphite and gold leaf on paper in vintage frames
40.5 x 26.5 inch
Faith Wilding
Moth Triptych, 1974
Watercolor, graphite and gold leaf on paper in vintage frames
40.5 x 26.5 inch
Faith Wilding
Moth Triptych, 1974
Watercolor, graphite and gold leaf on paper in vintage frames
40.5 x 26.5 inch
Faith Wilding
Sea Womb, 1969
Wool Fiber
120 x 30 inch
Faith Wilding
Great Spiral, 1979
Mixed media
50 x 70 inch
Faith Wilding
Longbarrow, 1975
Graphite on paper, framed
76 x 44.5 inch
Faith Wilding
Bird of Paradise: Virgin Goddess, 1978
Mixed media
50 x 70 inch
Faith Wilding
Leaf Goddess: Bird of Paradise Dance, 1976
Mixed media on paper, framed
41.5 x 53 inch
Faith Wilding
Leaf Goddess: Bird of Paradise, 1976
Mixed media on paper, framed
41.5 x 53 inch
Faith Wilding
Leaf Goddess: Venus, 1976
Mixed media on paper, framed
41.5 x 53 inch
Faith Wilding
Leaf Goddess: Snake Cactus, 1976
Mixed media on paper, framed
41.5 x 53 inches
Faith Wilding
Leaf Goddess: Bandaged Cactus, 1976
Mixed media on paper, framed
41.5 x 53 inch
Faith Wilding
Dance of the Skeleton Leaves, 1975
Graphite on paper, framed
31.5 x 23.75 inch
Faith Wilding
Imago Femina #28 (Phoenix Bud), 1978
Watercolor on paper, original frame
20.5 x 16.5 inch
Faith Wilding
Imago Femina #11 (Phoenix Bud), 1978
Watercolor on paper, original frame
20.5 x 16.5 inch