Orly Genger
American, born 1979
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Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Selected exhibitions
2018
Interwoven,
Marta Hewett Gallery
2015
Womanhouse,
Eric Firestone Gallery
2013
Orly Genger: Red, Yellow and Blue,
Madison Square Park

Best known for creating large-scale installations from coils of rope, Orly Genger also makes small metal sculptures and collaborates with the designer Jaclyn Mayer to produce knotted rope jewelry. Recalling works by major modernist artists and the craft-based works of 1970s feminist artists like Harmony Hammond and Faith Wilding, Genger’s often-monumental rope installations are frequently painted in bold hues. Big Boss (2010), an 11.5-foot-high stack consisting of 100 miles of rope that spilled into an adjoining room, was painted bright red. Red, Yellow, and Blue (2013), installed in Madison Square Park, is made of 1.4 million feet of hand-crocheted lobster-fishing rope, with which she created three towering structures painted in the primary colors. To create it, she and a team of assistants spent almost every day in her studio over a period of two years, cleaning lobster claws and fish …

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