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Ruth Asawa, an artist who learned to draw in an internment camp for Japanese Americans during World War II and later earned renown weaving wire into intricate, flowing, fanciful abstract sculptures, died Aug. 6 at her home in San Francisco, where many of her works now dot the cityscape. She was 87.
Ms. Asawa had been shunted from one detention camp to another as a child before blossoming under the tutelage of artists Buckminster Fuller, John Cage, Franz Kline and Josef Albers. Gaining notice in the art world while still a student, she soon began building a wider following with abstract wire sculptures that expressed both the craftsmanship she had learned from Mexican basket makers as well as her ambition to extend line drawings into a third dimension.
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