Alice Aycock

BIOGRAPHY

1946-

Alice Aycock is an American sculptor known for theoretically complex site-specific works that are at once emotional and architectural, mining diverse sources of inspiration ranging from the environmental preoccupations of Land Art to popular forms of entertainment (amusement parks in particular), obscure literary sources, and sci-fi elements. Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Aycock received her M.A. in 1971 from Hunter College in New York, where she studied with the Minimalist sculptor Robert Morris. Aycock's father, a construction engineer, was another influence on her work, as was Donald Judd, conceptual art, and post-Modernism.


Her works can be found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, NY, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Museum, the Louis Vuitton Foundation, LA County Museum, and the National Gallery. She exhibited at the Venice Biennale, Documenta VI and VIII in Kassel, Germany and the Whitney Biennial. She has had two major retrospectives. The first was organized by the Wurttembergischer Kunstverein in Stuttgart in 1983 and traveled to Kolnischer Kunstverein Koln; Sculpturenmuseum Glaskasten, Marl; Haags Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag; Kunstmuseum Luzern. In 1990, the second retrospective entitled “Complex Visions” was organized by the Storm King Art Center in Mountainville, NY. In 2013 there will be a retrospective of her drawings at the new Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, New York coinciding with the Grey Art Gallery, NY. The retrospective will then travel to the University Art Museum at the University of California, Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art in 2014.