Alice Attie – FOLEY, New York



97 Allen Street, New York, NY 10002, USA

+1 212 244 9081


Alice Attie

Born 1950, New York City, USA

Alice Attie continues to re-consider, redress and rewrite the formalities of language. In Attie’s past exhibitions at Foley Gallery, many of her drawings were generated by the texts of our history’s literary master works. Her text drawings become ever more abstracted; often a single word or phrase is re-iterated with miniscule inscription, allowing the accumulation of words to become something wholly other in its evolved form. Composed either of countless tiny words, letters or numbers that coagulate, Attie’s drawings often investigate the shared terrain of writing and drawing where fine lines mark a collaboration between the imagination and the intellect.

Writing about the process of drawing, Attie observes that "…lines, as investigatory gestures, often pull us, as Victor Hugo said ‘towards the infinite,’ towards something that seems to tremble, as if the shimmer of the mind were passing through the hand. This is the force that seems to guide and urge the pulse of drawing."


In her most recent series, Class Notes, drawings were made in physics and philosophy seminars at Columbia University over a period of three years.

Alice Attie, Physics No. 1, 2011, ink on paper, 16 x 12 inches
Alice Attie, Islam No. 1, 2011, ink on paper, 12 x 12 inches
Alice Attie, Swann’s Way, 2008, ink on paper, 30 x 22 inches
Alice Attie, Tumbling Alphabet, 2008, ink on paper, 30 x 22 inches
Alice Attie, Heidegger No. 5, 2011, ink on paper, 12 x 12 inches