Is It Morning For You Yet?58th Carnegie International

Pacita Abad

Pacita Abad (b. 1946, Batanes; d. 2004, Singapore) was a Filipino American visual artist whose pioneering work in textiles is characterized by vibrant colors and an accumulation of processes and materials. Her immense body of work, including paintings, textile trapuntos, prints, and public art installations, traversed a diversity of subject matter: from tribal masks and social realist tableaus to lush and intricately constructed underwater compositions and abstractions. Bringing together images and experiences across cultures, economies, and histories, Abad offered reflections on the global long before the discourses of globalization and transnationalism were felt in the art world. Her work has recently been included in the 11th Berlin Biennale, the 13th Gwangju Biennale, and the 4th Kathmandu Triennale. She has received solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Arts and Design, Manila; Spike Island, Bristol; and Jameel Arts Center, Dubai. She is the subject of a major traveling survey, opening at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, in 2023. Her work is in the collections of the Tate, London; M+ Museum, Hong Kong; the National Gallery of Singapore; and the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, among others.

a painting a crowd of people swarming a building
Pacita Abad, Students Take Hold of MPR, 1998, oil on canvas, 39 3⁄8 × 39 3⁄8 in., Pacita Abad Art Estate

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