Gyöngy Laky

GYÖNGY LAKY ‘s sculptural forms are exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States. Internationally, her work has been exhibited in France, Sweden, Italy, Denmark, Holland, Switzerland, Hungary, Lithuania, Colombia, the Philippines and China (with one-person exhibitions in Spain, Denmark and England). She is also known for her outdoor site-specific installations which have occurred in the US, Canada, England, France, Austria and Bulgaria.A past recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Laky was also one of the first textile artists to be commissioned by the Federal Art-in-Architecture Program. Her work is in many permanent collections including the San Francisco MOMA, The Smithsonian’s Renwick Museum of American Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Oakland Museum, the Contemporary Museum in Honolulu and others (see “Collections”). She was one of a team of three to develop a comprehensive Arts Master Plan for the new state-of
-the-art, 130 acre, Federal Food and Drug Administration campus being built in Maryland. Her work is featured in a video, by Odyssey Video (England), and is included in over 20 books. In 2003, Portfolio Series: Gyöngy Laky, by Janet Koplos, was published in England ( Telos Art Publishing) and the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley, released her oral history. Laky was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1944 and emigrated to the United States as a small child. She graduated from Carmel High School and completed undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley (1967-1971). Postgraduate work followed with the UC Professional Studies Program in India . Upon her return, she founded the internationally recognized Fiberworks, Center for the Textile Arts, in Berkeley, with accredited undergraduate and graduate programs. She is a professor emerita of the University of California, Davis (Chair, Department of Art, 1995-1997).

Born 1944 Budapest, Hungary

Education

1971 M.A., University of California, Berkeley, CA
1970 B.A., University of California, Berkeley, CA
1971 – 1972 University of California Professional Studies in India Program

Faculty position

1978 – 2005 Professor Emeritus, University of California, Davis, CA (1995-1997 Chair, Department of Art)

Archives

2004 The Smithsonian Archives of American Art, Gyongy Laky Research Collection

Oral history

2003 Gyongy Laky (b. 1944) Fiber Art: Visual Thinking and the Intelligent Hand. 2003, 248 pp.
Interviews by Harriet Nathan. Regional Oral History Office, Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, CA.

Solo Exhibitions

2012 CROSSOVER, Marina Cain Contemporary Art
2011 Reading Geometries, Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2009 Common Sense, b. sakata garo, Sacramento, CA
2007 Intersections, Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA (and 2004)
2006 Nelson Gallery, University of California, Davis, CA
2001 Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York, NY
2001 MX Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
1999 Danske Kunsthåndværkere, Copenhagen, Denmark
1999 Memorial Union Gallery, University of California, Davis, CA
1996 Royal Institute of British Architects Gallery, Manchester, England
1996 browngrotta arts, Wilton CT (two-person) (and 1993)
1986 Wita Gardiner Gallery, San Diego, CA (two-person)
1985 Site 311 Gallery, Pacific Grove, CA
1985 Maple Hill Gallery, Portland, ME
1984 Headlands Art Center, Marin, CA (two-person)
1984 Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art, Monterey, CA
1983 Live Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1982 Meyer, Breier, Weiss, San Francisco, CA
1982 Fiberworks, Center for the Textile Arts, Berkeley, CA
1982 Gyöngy Laky Recent Work, Pence Gallery, Davis, CA
1981 Sarospatak Museum, Sarospatak, Hungary (two-person)
1980 California Crafts Museum, Palo Alto, CA (two-person)

Selected group exhibitions

2011 The Nature of Entanglements, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA
2011 Green: the Color and the Cause, The Textile Museum, Washington D C
2010 International artist commissions for windows, Independent Ideas, La Rinascente, Milan, Italy
2010 Annual International Exposition of Sculpture Objects & Functional Art (SOFA), browngrotta arts, Chicago, IL
2010 Reinstallation, Oakland Museum of California, celebration of new galleries, Oakland, CA
2009 Art Across the Atlantic, NATO Ambassador Residence, Brussels, Belgium
2009 Visions of Wholeness – The Art of Radical Abundance, Trinity Wall Street Museum, NY, NY
2009 The Toy Show, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2009 Super Flat, Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2009 Basketworks:The Cotsen Contemporary American Basket Collection, Racine Art Museum, WI
2009 The 10th Wave III, browngrotta arts, Wilton, CT
2008 Permanently Mad: Revealing the Collection, Museum of Arts & Design, NY, NY
2007 Coming Attractions: Gallery Group Show, Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2007 Point of View IV, The Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC
2006 Material Difference: Soft Sculpture and Wall Works, 15th Anniversary of Friends of Fiber Art International, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL
2006 The Presence of Absence: Contemplating the Void in Contemporary Wood Sculpture, Collectors of Wood Art, 2006 Thirteenth Annual International Exposition of Sculpture Objects & Functional Art (SOFA), Chicago, IL
2006 Intertwined: Contemporary Baskets from the Sara and David Lieberman Collection, Nelson Fine Arts Center, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
2005 Annual International Exposition of Sculpture Objects & Functional Art (SOFA), browngrotta arts, Chicago, IL
2005 Textile 05, Kaunas Art Biennial, Kaunas, Lithuania
2005 Culture and Context: Difficult Subjects, Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
2005 In the Narrative: Textiles Object/Word, The Millstone Gallery at the Center of Creative Arts, St. Louis, MO
2005 High Fiber, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
2005 Engaging Nature: Contemporary Baskets from the Cotsen Collection, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
2005 ShowCASe: Contemporary Art for the UK, City Art Centre and Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
2004 International Triennial of Tapestry, Central Museum of Textiles, Lodz, Poland
2004 Into the Woods, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
2004 Perfect Collection, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA
2003 Miniartextil 2003, Arte/eArte – ONLUS, Como, Italy
2003 Flechten, Galerie Handwerk, München, Germany
2003 Generations/Transformations, American Textile History Museum, Lowell, MA
2002 From Lausanne to Beijing, International Tapestry Art Biennale, Tsinghua University, China
2002 The Unexpected Too, Sotheby’s, New York, NY
2002 5eme Festival International de la Tapisserie et d l’Art de la Fibre, Beauvais, France
2002 Renwick Invitational, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
2002 Small Works in Fiber, LongHouse Reserve, East Hampton, NY and Miyake Design Studio Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2002 Art in Embassies, Federal Art in Embassies Program, Bangkok, Thailand
2001 Wired Works, browngrotta arts, Wilton, CT
2001 Crossover, Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery, Suffolk, England (traveling exhibition)
2000 Made in California 1900-2000, Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, CA
2000 Surface-Strength-Structure: Pertaining to Line, Snyderman/Works Galleries, Philadelphia, PA
2000 Fet A Fora/Foreign Built, MX Space, Barcelona, Spain
2000 Nature Re-Bound, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA
2000 Kunst in der Landschaft V, Prigglitz, Austria
2000 In Focus, Sotheby’s, London, England

Fellowships and awards

2009 The American Craft Council College of Fellows, New York, NY
2008 Citation for Typographic Excellence, Type Directors Club (TDC 55)
2004 Award of distinction, 11th International Triennial of Tapestry, Central Museum of Textiles, Lodz, Poland.
1988 Annual Award, Institute for Aesthetic Development, Victor Ivanoff Memorial Trust, San Francisco, CA
1987 Award for Artistic Excellence, Women in the Arts, Women’s Foundation, San Francisco, CA
1983 Special one-year stipend recipient, The Uncommon Fund
1976 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
1970 McEnerney Graduate Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley, CA
1969 Barnard Hobson Undergraduate Scholarship

Commissions

1990 Sacramento Art Commission, Art in Public places Program, Sacramento City Council Chambers, Sacramento, CA
1976 Federal Art-in-Architecture Program, Social Security Administration Building, Richmond, CA

Public and private collections

2008 Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI (and 2007)
2006 The Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA
2006 The Long Beach Museum, Long Beach, CA
2006 Paisley Museum, Paisley, Scotland (Contemporary Art Society of London purchase)
2005 The Mint Museum of Craft & Design, Charlotte, NC
2005 DHR Investment Counsel, Ltd, Oakland, CA
2004 Central Museum of Textiles, Poland
2004 The Smithsonian Archives of American Art, Gyongy Laky Research Collection
2003 Fuller Carft Museum, Brockton, MA
2002 The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI
2002 Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI
2002 LongHouse Reserve, East Hampton, NY
2001 The Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, WI (and 1998)
1999 Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI
1998 Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
1998 Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
1995 The Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock AR
1994 Paige Electric Company, New Jersey
1991 American Craft Museum, New York, NY
1988 Blackside Inc., Boston, MA
1987 Scott Foresman and Co., Sunnyvale, CA; Beacon Management Corp., Boston, MA; T.P.F. & C. Corp., San Francisco, CA
1986 Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art, Monterey, CA
1985 Cargill Corp., Minneapolis, MN; Syntex Corporation, Palo Alto, CA; Ramada Inn, Beverly Hills, CA
1985 Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
1985 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
1984 Savaria Museum, Szombathely, Hungary
1983 Saks Fifth Avenue, San Francisco, CA
1978 Government of India

Selected bibliography

2011 Gyöngy Laky: Reading Geometries, catalog for the exhibition at Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco CA
2010 Abbink, Jeanette and Anderson, Emily CM, 3-Dimensional Typography, Mark Batty Publishers.
2010 Janet Koplos & Bruce Metcalf, Makers: A History of American Studio Craft, North Carolina University Press,
2009 Racz, Imogen. “Contemporary Crafts”, Berg Publishing, Oxford, UK
2009 Riedel, Mija. “Constructing the Unexpected”, American Craft. April/May 2009. pp. 54-61.
2009 Keleti Andrea, “Gyongy Laky,” Hamu és Gyémánt (Ash & Diamond), Budapest, Hungary (pp 50-56)
2008 Salt Magazine, Nov/Dec 2008. pgs. 68-69. Netherlands.
2008 The Green Issue, The New York Times, April 20, 2008. Illustrations p 45-72.
2007 Risatti, Howard. Theory of Craft: Function and Aesthetic Expression. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press.
2007 “The Greening of Fine Art,” Art Ltd
2007 Gyöngy Laky Intersections, catalog for the exhibition at Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco CA
2007 Ed. Viction-ary, “Type Addicted: The New Trend of A to Z Typo-Graphics,” Viction-ary, Hong Kong, Ching,
2003 Janet Koplos, Gyöngy Laky, Portfolio Series, Telos Art Publishing, England.
2000 Juanita Dugdale, “Gyöngy Laky – matter and message,” Baseline International Graphics, Bradbourne
Publishers Ltd, UK. No 32.
1999 Mary Butcher, Contemporary International Basketmaking, Merrell Holberton, Publishers, London, England.
1997 Novel Objet. Seoul, Korea. Design House Publishers.
1996 Chiori Santiago, “Gyöngy Laky: The Intelligent Hand,” American Craft; Vol. 56, No. 1.
1985 Michael Thomas, Christine Mainguy and Sophie Pommier, Textile Art, Skira/Rizzoli, Geneva, Switzerland and New York, NY. (Published in French and English.)
1980 Donald Thalacker, The Place of Art in the World of Architecture, Chelsea House Publishers, New York, NY.

Other acrivities

In 2008, The New York Times Magazine commissioned her to create titles for its April environmental issue. In 2002-03 she was one of a team of three to develop a comprehensive Arts Master Plan for the new state-of-the-art, Federal Food and Drug Administration campus, Maryland.