There hasn’t been a solo Olga de Amaral exhibition in London for almost a decade, but Lisson Gallery’s much-anticipated show more than makes up for it. Born in Bogota in 1932, the Colombian artist has made her name creating large-scale abstract tapestries and sculptures made with natural fibres and precious metals, notably gold leaf, that blur the line between art and craft.
Featuring her cascading, layered textiles and numinous clouds of hanging strands, it examines her mastery of the loom and the ways in which her practice crosses over into painting, sculpture and installation.
Central to the exhibition is Luz Blanca (White Light, 1969), an early work in which Amaral experimented with sheets of plastic as well as the iridescent surface reflections. Equally captivating are her cloud-like Brumas (Mists, 2014), in which three-dimensional coloured forms seem to appear within gathered skeins of thread.
It will be a chance to see the scope of Amaral’s practice and to celebrate an artist of prodigious talent. Add to your autumn to-do list now.