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Judith Scott

Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art

Judith Scott began making art at age 46, producing an extraordinary body of idiosyncratic sculptural assemblages in a career spanning just seventeen years. From 1989 until her death in 2005, Scott worked assiduously at Creative Growth, a studio-based program in Oakland, California, founded to support artists with developmental disabilities. Fastidiously weaving, bundling, and wrapping fiber, found objects, and other unconventional materials, she often worked for weeks or months on a single piece.

Scott’s life experience as an artist with Down syndrome who was also deaf and did not speak highlights the limitations of the conventional art-historical canon. Moving beyond the term “outsider artist,” critics and curators have recently contextualized her objects within mainstream modern and contemporary art history, telling a richer, more complex story about how artistic gifts can be nurtured and compelling works of art can be made.
MEDIUM Fiber and found objects
DATES 1994
DIMENSIONS 27 x 23 x 17 in. (68.6 x 58.4 x 43.2 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 2015.30
CREDIT LINE Florence B. and Carl L. Selden Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT © Estate of Judith Scott
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CAPTION Judith Scott (American, 1943-2005). Untitled, 1994. Fiber and found objects, 27 x 23 x 17 in. (68.6 x 58.4 x 43.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Florence B. and Carl L. Selden Fund, 2015.30. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, Benjamin Blackwell,er, 2015.30_Benjamin_Blackwell_photograph.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 2015.30_Benjamin_Blackwell_photograph.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, Benjamin Blackwell, photographer, 2013
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Judith Scott (American, 1943-2005). <em>Untitled</em>, 1994. Fiber and found objects, 27 x 23 x 17 in. (68.6 x 58.4 x 43.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Florence B. and Carl L. Selden Fund, 2015.30. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, Benjamin Blackwell,er, 2015.30_Benjamin_Blackwell_photograph.jpg)