BIOGRAPHY

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.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS: 

2012

Liza Lou, White Cube, Hoxton Square, London

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

2011

Let the Light In, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia

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

2010 

American Idol, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France [cat.]

2008

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

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

2006

Liza Lou, White Cube, London

2004

The Damned, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris

2002

Testimony, Deitch Projects, New York, NY

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

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

1994

Kitchenette, California State University Art Gallery, Fullerton, CA

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS: 

2013

DISASTER, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris-Pantin

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

2011

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

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

The Artist’s Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

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 College, Colorado Springs, Colorado

January White Sale, Loretta Howard Gallery, New York

2010  

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

Skin Fruit: Selections from the Dakis Joannou Collection, Curated by Jeff Koons, New Museum, New York, NY

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

Lebenslust & Totentanz, 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.]