Artist Barbara Chase-Riboud’s holds the distinction of being the youngest artist to enter the collections of MoMA, which first acquired her work in 1955 when Chase-Riboud was 15 years old. Over the next seven decades, Chase-Riboud - born in Philadelphia and based in Europe - has been a prolific breaker of boundaries creating visual and written art.
Her sculpture and drawings are in collections around the world, including the General Services Administration, New York NY; Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, University of California, Berkeley CA; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York NY; Museum of Modern Art, New York NY; National Collections of France; Newark Museum, Newark NJ; New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans LA; New-York Historical Society Museum, New York NY; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia PA; Smithsonian African American Museum, Washington D.C.; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York NY; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven CT, and Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore MD.
Chase-Riboud is also a poet and writer of historical fiction. Her literary oeuvre includes nearly a dozen prize-winning novels and collections of poetry, including her memoir I Always Knew, based on the letters she sent to her mother over a 30-year period.