The Serpentine




London, UK


Barbara Chase-Riboud
Infinite Folds

With a career spanning over seven decades, Barbara Chase-Riboud’s innovation in sculptural technique and materiality is characterised by the interplay between folds of cast bronze or aluminium and coils of wool and silk which are knotted, braided, looped, and woven. Combining materials with different qualities such as hard and soft, light against heavy, and tactile versus rigid, the artist’s monumental sculptures and works on paper consider notions of memory, legacy and power.

Richly illustrated and designed by Pacific, this catalogue includes contributions from Gus Casely-Hayford, Joseph Manca, Erin L. Thompson, Yesomi Umolu, and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, as well as an interview between Chase-Riboud and Serpentine Artistic Director Hans Ulrich Obrist. The publication also features an extensive chronology as well as a selection of the artist’s own poetry and writing.

Published by Serpentine with Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther und Franz König, Designed by Pacific, Hardcover, 8½ × 11 inches, 180 pages

Book cover with large black metal sculpture, almost like a hook, holding a tangle of long red rope. The sculpture sits in a black room.
Exhibition room with grey tile and black walls. There are three sculptures standing on a black platform up against the wall. This image takes up two pages of an open book.
Two black metal sculptures holding long red rope in black rooms. The images of each sculpture are on opposite pages of a book.
Two pages of a poem on either side of an open book. Both poem pages sit on black backgrounds.
An open book in which the left page is white and the right page features a black metal sculpture in a black room.
Back cover of a book with red embossed script on black board.