Liza Lou

Liza Lou

Liza Lou was born in New York City in 1969 and she now lives and works in Los Angeles and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Lou’s work has captivated audiences since her first major sculpture, Kitchen—a life-size room covered entirely with glass beads was exhibited at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York in 1996. Over the past twenty years, Lou has explored themes of American popular culture in room-size sculptures and environments such as Kitchen (1991-1996), American Presidents (1995-2000), Back Yard (1996-1999), Trailer (1998-2000), Security Fence (2005), Cell (2004-06) and Maximum Security (2007-08). The tension created between seductive surfaces, often challenging subject matter and the artist’s labor-intensive processes invites viewers to experience the work at both the level of visual wonder and critical analysis. Recent work includes abstract meditations on process and form in works such as Gather (one million) 2008-10, a shimmering harvest of gold, and wall mounted sculptures that explore the canvas as object, and the beauty of imperfection.

Awards

2013


Anonymous Was a Woman Artist Award 


 


2002               


John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship


 


1996               


Virginia Groot Foundation Award


Solo exhibitions

2016


The Waves, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria


 


2015


Liza Lou: Gather (One Million), Wichita Museum of Art, Kanas, USA


Color Field and Solid Grey, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY, USA


 


2014


Canvas, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa


ixube, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


Solid/Divide, White Cube Bermondsey, London, UK


 


2013


Liza Lou : Color Field, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA, USA


 


2012


Liza Lou, White Cube, Hoxton Square, London, UK


Liza Lou : Let the Light In, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA, USA


 


2011


Let the Light In, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia Liza Lou, L&M Arts Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA [cat.]


Liza Lou, L&M Arts Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA [cat.]


 


2010 


American Idol, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


Liza Lou Drawings, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


 


2008


Liza Lou, L&M Arts, New York, NY, USA


Liza Lou, Maximum Security, Lever House, New York, NY, USA


 


2006


Liza Lou, White Cube, London, UK


 


2004


The Damned, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


 


2002


Testimony, Deitch Projects, New York, NY, USA


Liza Lou, Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf, 


Leaves of Glass, Henie Oslo Kunstsenter, Oslo [exh. cat.]


 


2001


Liza Lou II, Bass Museum of Art, Miami, FL, USA


Trailer, Southeastern Contemporary Art Center, Winston-Salem, North Carolina


 


2000


American Presidents 1-43, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution of American Art, Washington DC


Liza Lou, Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH


 


1999


American Glamorama, Grand Central Terminal, Vanderbilt Hall, New York, NY


Kitchen, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH


American Presidents, Contemporary Arts Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA


Kitchen, University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, WY


 


1998


Liza Lou, Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL
Portrait Gallery, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO


Liza Lou, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO


Kitchen and Back Yard, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA [exh. cat.]


Back Yard, Fundacio Joan Miró, Espai 13,Barcelona


Portrait Gallery, P.P.O.W., New York, NY


Most Admired Disorder, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA


 


1997


Liza Lou, Hudson River Museum of Westchester, Yonkers, NY


Liza Lou, California Center for the Arts Museum, Escondido, CA


Liza Lou, Quint Gallery, La Jolla, CA


 


1996


Kitchen, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN


Forty-two American Presidents, Quint Gallery, La Jolla, CA


Liza Lou, Capp Street Project, San Francisco, CA


Liza Lou, Center for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI


 


1995


Socks and Underwear, Franklin Furnace, New York, NY, USA


 


1994


Kitchenette, California State University Art Gallery, Fullerton, CA


 


 


Solo performances


 


2017


James Dickie Contemporary Artist Lecture, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC.


 


2016


Ways of Seeking: Art, Science, and Spirituality panel discussion on the 35th anniversary of the MacArthur Fellowship Program. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California


Summer Series: Featured Artist, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, Colorado


Liza Lou and Charles Desmarais in conversation, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, California


In Conversation: Liza Lou and Lawrence Weschler, Neue House, New York, NY


Art Catalogues at LACMA: Liza Lou and the Haas Brothers in conversation, Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, California


The Visual Arts: Making Democracy Visible, Panel Discussion with Lawrence Weschler, Edward Hirsch and Ramiro Gomez, Boston College, Boston, Massachusetts


 


2015 


Making Meaning/Making Love: Liza Lou, gala keynote speaker, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, California Keynote speaker, Art Basel Magazine Women in Art Luncheon, Miami, Florida


 


2013 


Making Meaning: A Talk with Artist Liza Lou, Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara, California ArtNet Breakfast with Liza Lou, ArtTable: Liza Lou, Woolworth Building, New York, NY


Collectors Art Experience with Liza Lou: Color Field, Strauss Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, California


 


2012 


Chicago Humanities Festival, A Conversation with Lawrence Weschler as part of the Annual Richard Gray Visual Art Series, Chicago, Illinois


Fowler Museum at UCLA, Fowler Outspoken Conversation: Liza Lou and Sam Durant on Conceptualization and Collaboration, Los Angeles, California


Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia, Artist Lecture by Liza Lou: ‘Process & Possibility’, Savannah, Georgia


 


2011 


Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Ahmanson Theater, Screening of 'Born Again' & conversation with Jeffrey Deitch, California


 


2007 


Screening of ‘Born Again’, Reed Chapel, Reed College, Portland, Oregon


 


2006 


Institute of Contemporary Arts, Screening of ‘Born Again’ & conversation with Tim Marlow, London, United Kingdom


 


2005 


Performance & panel discussion with Nick Cave, Martin Puryear and Richard Tuttle, Anderson Ranch, Snowmass Village, Colorado, USA


 


2003


Smith College Art Museum, Northampton Center for the Arts, Northhampton, 7 November


Carnegie-Mellon University Art Museum, Watson Performance Festival, Philip Chosky Theatre, Pittsburgh, 7 September


CCA, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, Watson Performance Festival, San Francisco, 8 April


 


2002


Deitch Projects, New York 13, 21, 28 October


Santa Barbara Contemporary Art Forum, Center Stage Theatre, Santa Barbara, 12 July


Les Deux Cafés, Hollywood 21, 22 June


Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf, Germany 21 April


 


1994          


Cal State Fullerton Gallery, Fullerton, CA


Group exhibitions

2016


Material ConsiderationsJohn Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA


 


2015


Painting @ the Very Edge of Art, Contemporary Art Galleries, University of Connecticut, CT 


Edge of Silence, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa


Patterns of Abstraction, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA


ENDLESS, Keitelman Gallery, Brussels, Belgium


Other People’s Memories, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa 


 


2014 


Stories of Espai 10 and Espai 13, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, Spain


Surfacing, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa


Sleight of Hand: painting and illusion, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, California


 


2013


30 Years, Salzburg Villa Kast and Halle, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg


Disaster - The End of Days, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris-Pantin


Turn off the Sun: Selections from la Colección Jumex, ASU Art Museum, Phoenix,


The C of O Show, Kresge Gallery, Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts, New Jersey


La Belle est la Bête, L’Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez, Bordeaux, France


 


2012


Lightness?, Maison particulière, Brussels, Belgium


Advance/Notice, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa


Artist Talk, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia


Strange Beauty : Baroque Sensibilities in Contemporary Art, I.D.E.A Space, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado


Demo, L&M Arts, Venice, California


The Female Gaze : Women Artists Making Their World, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, USA


 


2011


Memories of the Future, The Olbricht’s Collection, curated by Wolfgang


Schoppmann, La Maison Rouge, Paris


Strange Beauty: Baroque Sensibilities in Contemporary Art, I.D.E.A Space, Colorado Springs, Colorado


Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts, Academy of Arts and Letters, New York


January White Sale, Loretta Howard Gallery, New York 


 


2010  


Now What?, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida


The Artist's Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA


Make Craft, Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles


Skin Fruit: Selections from the Dakis Joannou Collection, Curated by Jeff


Koons, New Museum, New York, New York


Kupferstichkabinett: Between Thought and Action, White Cube Gallery,London, England


19th Century and Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York


Selections from the Permanent Collection, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland


Lust for Life, Dance of Death, Olbricht Collection, Kunsthalle Krems, Austria


 


2009


Diana und Actaeon: Der Verbotene Blick Auf Die Nacktheit, Musuem Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf [cat.]


 


2008


Bizarre Perfection, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel


In the Land of Retinal Delights, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna, CA


Innovations In The Third Dimension: Sculpture Of Our Time, Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT


 


2007


The Contemporary Self-Portrait, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria


The Complexity of the Simple, L&M Arts, New York


Rockers Island—Olbricht Collection, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany


The Death Instinct, The Haifa Museum of Art, Israel


 


2006


Transitional Objects: Contemporary Still Life, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York, NY


Collection of the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Metropolitan Kiba Park, Tokyo, Japan


 


2005


Translation, Works from the Dakis Joannou Collection, Palais de Tokyo, Paris


Over + Over: Passion for Process, Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah; Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy in Andover


 


2004


Monument to Now, Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens, [exh. cat.]


Splat, Boom, Pow: Cartoons in Contemporary Art, Contemporary Art Museum, Houston; ICA,


Boston and Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio [exh. cat.]


Domestic Odyssey, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, [exh. cat.]


 


2003


Undomesticated Interiors, Smith College Art Museum at the Brown Fine Arts Center, Northhampton [exh. cat.]


Perpetual Bliss, Galerie Thaddaeaus Ropac, Paris


Skulptur03, Max Gandolph-BIbliothek, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg


Shine, Boijmans Museum, Rotterdam [exh. cat.]


 


2002


Melodrama, Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporaneo, Basque; Palacio de los Condes de Gabia/Centro Jose Guerrero, Granada and Museo de Arte Contemporànea de Vigo, Vigo [Exh. Cat]


Bingo, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris


Fusion Cuisine, Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens


 


2001


Un Art Populaire, Fondation Cartier, Paris [exh. cat.]


Give and Take, organized by Serpentine Gallery and Victoria and Albert Museum, London [exh. cat.]


ARS 01, KIASMA Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki [exh. cat.]


Art Through the Eye of the Needle, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo


 


2000


Color and Fire: Defining Moments in Studio Ceramics, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City; The Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson; Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, [exh. cat.]


Sharing Exoticism, Biennale de Lyon d'art Contemporain, Lyon [exh. cat.]


Taipei Biennial, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei [exh. cat.]


Made in California: Art, Image, and Identity 1900-2000, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles [exh. cat.]


 


1999


First Annual Post-Impeachment Show, Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA


 


1998


Site Specific, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield


 


1996


A Labor of Love, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, [exh. cat.]


Art for the New Millennium, The Fabric Workshop/Museum, Philadelphia


Subversive Domesticity, Edwin A. Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita [exh. cat.]


An Embarrassment of the Riches, Huntington Beach Art Center, Huntington, CA [cat.]


Public and private collections

France


Fondation Cartier Pour I’art Contemporain, Paris


 


Germany


Thomas Olbricht Collection, me Collectors Room, Berlin


 


Greece


Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens


 


Iran


Honart Museum, Tehran


 


Italy


François Pinault Foundation, Palazzo Grassi, Venice


 


Mexico


La Fundación/Colección Jumex, Mexico City


 


Spain


Fundación Privada Sorigué, Lleida


 


USA


Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA


De Young Museum/Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA


Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA


Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA


Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY


San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA


The Brant Foundation, Greenwich, CT


The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH


The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY


The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY


Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH