Acclaimed artist Elaine Reichek uses techniques traditionally associated with women’s work, including sewing and knitting, to explore questions of language, culture, and authenticity while also elevating media typically associated with craft into the realm of high art. As her work has changed visually, she has extended the connections her 1970s work made between fabric and feminism to encompass examinations of “the other” in multiple cultures, as well as issues of documentation, the archive, photographic truth, and modernist practice.
Reichek has exhibited extensively in the United States and abroad, including solo exhibitions at the Jewish Museum and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, the Tel Aviv Museum, the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio, Stichting De Appel, Amsterdam, and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. Group exhibitions include Reichek's work was included in the 2012 São Paulo Bienal in Brazil, the 2012 Whitney Biennial in New York, and the Cheongju International Craft Bienniale 2011 in Korea. Reichek received a Francis J. Greenburger award in 2013, the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, 2011-2012, and the John Simon Guggenheim Museum Foundation Fellowship in 2005.
—Courtesy of Zach Feuer