Jacqueline Winsor

Jacqueline "Jackie" Winsor (born October 20, 1941, in St. John's, Newfoundland) is a Canadian-American sculptor. Her style, which developed in the early 1970s as a reaction to the work of minimal artists, has been characterized as post-minimal, anti-form, and process art.[1][2] Works from this period retain minimalism's geometry but eschew its use of industrial materials and methods in favor of materials such as wood and hemp.[2]

Winsor has been in several exhibitions. In 1979, a mid-career retrospective of her work opened at the MoMA;[3] this was the first time the MoMA had presented a retrospective of work by a woman artist since 1946.[4] Other exhibitions include "American Woman Artist Show" April 14 – May 14, 1974 at the Kunsthaus Hamburg (Germany), curated by Sybille Niester and Lil Picard,[5] and "26 Contemporary Women Artists" April 18 – June 13, 1971 at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, curated by Lucy Lippard[6]

Art Movement

Jacqueline Winsor’s work can be categorized as process art, “anti-form”, and “eccentric abstraction”. She is known for consistently using geometric forms like the cube and the sphere and she connected process with appearance. Jacqueline believes that her pieces of art are connected to specific occurrences in her life, however not directly connected by any personal events that she went through.[7]

She is also best known for her thick rope pieces, usually 4-inch rope and combines that with natural wood. Jacqueline Winsor also keeps a sculpture in her studio that has more meaning to her than a random passerby. It is a plain sphere over a foot in diameter me of solid concrete. To her, it is a perfect symbol of density.[8]


Double Bound Circle consists of a single piece weighing 600 pounds and coiling upon itself.

Chunk Piece was created in 1970 and is a massive bundle of 4-inch rope pieces, The ropes are all cut to the same length, about four feet, and are tightly bound together.

Nail Piece was created in 1970 and is a 7-foot long stack of wood planks. They are put together and are densely nailed to each other at every layer.[8]


  1. Johnson, Cecile. "Winsor, Jacqueline." In Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online, (accessed February 10, 2012; subscription required).
  2. 1 2 Detailed analysis of Winsor's "Four Corners" from the Allen Memorial Art Museum. Includes extensive bibliography on Winsor. Retrieved February 10, 2012
  3. Johnson, Ellen (1979). Jackie Winsor: The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Museum of Modern Art.
  4. Information on Jackie Winsor from the Paula Cooper Gallery. Retrieved February 10, 2012
  5. Kunsthaus Hamburg (1972). American Woman Artist Show. Kunsthaus Hamburg.
  6. Lippard, Lucy (1971). 26 Contemporary Women Artists. Ridgefield: The Museum.
  7. Cecile Johnson. “Winsor, Jacqueline.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press.Web. 21 Feb. 2015. <http://www.oxfordartonline.com/subscirber/article/grove/art/T096914>
  8. 1 2 Tacha, Athena. Some thoughts on contemporary art. Syracuse University Annex Production System.

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