Goops! Gwyneth Paltrow’s ‘Ruth Asawa’ sculpture that appeared in a recent magazine article is actually a copy
Actress and lifestyle maven Gwyneth Paltrow has a tasteful and stylish home full of natural light and minimalist art by the likes of Ed Ruscha and John Baldessari. But a large woven wire sculpture recently photographed hanging next to Paltrow’s couch is not, in fact, the work of a Japanese-American artist Ruth Asawa.
“I am irrationally angry that Gwyneth has a Ruth Asawa,” wrote design critic Alexandra Lange.
But it turns out that the job is not Asawa’s. Instead, the piece is D’Lisa Creager, who learned Asawa’s signature yarn loop technique during a workshop taught by Aiko Cuneo, one of the artist’s daughters. At the time, Creator was already making jewelry with fine copper wire and soon branched out into making larger, intricate works in the style of Asawa. (The Asawa family eventually stopped teaching these classes to stop copycats, according to Everything She Touched: The Life of Ruth Asawa by Marilyn Chase.)
After the photo began making rounds on social media, the magazine edited the article to crop the wire illustration to a photograph of Paltrow and remove any mention of Asawa in the caption. An identified update Creator as an artist instead.
Asawa, who died in 2013, at 87, has become increasingly popular for her innovative nest-like works in recent years. David Zwirner began representing his estate in 2017. The gallery confirmed that Paltrow does not, in fact, own any work by Asawa in an email to Artnet News.
Presumably, this means that another apparent Asawa presented by Architectural Summary in a story about Paltrow in 2017, is also from Creager. This piece hung in the Santa Monica warehouse that serves as Paltrow’s Goop headquarters.
At the actress’s, the Asawa-like artwork was installed in the living room, which is “kinda bonkers in the best way, I think,” Paltrow said in a video accompanying the post. “I really wanted it to be a bit of a showstopper.”
“I think it’s kind of inspired by Guns N’ Roses,” Paltrow said. “It was so nice to give such an amazing artist license to do whatever she wanted. I didn’t make any edits, I just said ‘do it’. It’s like the jewelry in the living room .
Paltrow decorated her home with the help of a designer and an art collector Brigitte Romanek, which did not respond to requests from Artnet News.
Asawa’s prices have skyrocketed over the past 12 years. After years of working in relative obscurity in the Bay Area, Asawa came to the attention of Jonathan Laib, vice president and senior specialist in postwar and contemporary art at Christie’s, who encouraged her to auction one of his works in 2010. record for the artist with a sale of $578,500, nearly five times its estimate.
Its highest auction price now stands at $5.38 million, according to the Artnet Price Database. This peak was reached in 2020 for a sculpture with seven lobes similar to those of Paltrow.
How much Paltrow paid for his lookalike works remains unclear, but Creager’s auctions do not exceed $35,000, a price achieved by three separate works at Rago Auctions in 2020. Creager is represented by George Billis Gallery in Los Angeles and Westport, Connecticut.
It’s still unclear where Paltrow plans to post his new Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT, other than his Twitter avatar, that is.
Additional reporting by Katya Kazakina.
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