Published as a sequel of "Apprentissages" (2017), this new book by Sheila Hicks in the Hapax Series gathers together recent monumental and architectural-based projects by the acclaimed American Paris-based artist. It emphasizes her prolific but always sensitive relationship to the sites in which she intervenes, and her way of playing with scale, site-specificity, and context, and the constant rethinking of her numerous bodies of works. Among the outdoor and indoor projects featured in the publication are "Foray into Chromatic Zones," Hayward Gallery, London, 2015; "Escalade Beyond Chromatic Lands," 57th Venice Biennale, Venice, 2017; "Hop, Skip, Jump, and Fly. Escape from Gravity," High Line, New York, 2017–2018; and "Proserpine en chrysalide," Versailles Gardens, Versailles, 2017–2018. There is a particular focus on "Lifelines," Hicks’ most recent retrospective hold at the Centre Pompidou in Paris (Spring 2018) that the book documents thoroughly and considers as a case study for the artist’s practice.
Edited and introduced by Clément Dirié, the publication also features a conversation with Sheila Hicks and Jasmin Oezcebi—who codesigned the artist’s installations in Venice and Paris—as well as historical documentation and texts that draw on Hicks’ long-lasting thinking on the relationship between art and architecture.