Swiss-born artist Françoise Grossen first splashed on to the New York art scene in the late sixties at the Museum of Modern Art’s Wall Hangings exhibition, where her large-scale fiber sculptures stood alongside works by contemporaries like Sheila Hicks and Eva Hesse. Best known for her colossal rope pieces, most of which dangle from the ceiling, Grossen distinguished herself by utilizing rudimentary braiding and plaiting techniques—an instinct influenced by a decade spent traveling and tutoring in Africa. Now, 72, the peripatetic artist is back in the spotlight for a retrospective solo show at Blum & Poe, where her work feels paradoxically fresh. Before the opening, Grossen opened up her renovated loft on 15th street—which she has called both studio and home for more than 30 years—for a tour. Take a look inside here.
Françoise Grossen opens June 4th at Blum & Poe, 19 E. 66th Street, New York,blumandpoe.com.