Jagoda Buić

Richard Saltoun Gallery, London (F6)

Part of the first generation of Fibre sculptors, Jagoda Buić (b. 1930, Split) is celebrated for her monumental textile installations and tapestries. Buić has exhibited in prominent museums around the world – from the Museum of Modern Art in New York to the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam – but never before in the United Kingdom. The gallery’s presentation of Buić’s work at Frieze Masters will shine light on this important yet underrated artist, introducing her work to new audiences within the UK for the first time. 

The presentation will contribute to the current discussion around the re-evaluation of female artists who have pioneered textile art – from Anni Albers and Shelia Hicks to Olga de Amaral and Magdalena Abakanowicz – elevating it from the domestic setting of craft-work into the field of visual art. Buić is best known for her immersive installations and work in textiles, which she began creating in the mid-1960s, yet her creative practice extends to encompass scenography and set design, costume design, works on paper and collage. By dispensing with the traditional loom, Buić gives her materials a new and powerful corporeality, boldly venturing into three-dimensional space and creating ‘textile environments’. 

The gallery’s booth at Frieze Masters brings this textile environment to life, presenting work by Buić made between 1965 and 1983, a period of her practice where the artist demonstrated profound innovation and complete mastery of her field.