Liza Lou


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Liza Lou talks at Smithsonian American Art Museum

Lou will deliver the 2017 James Dicke Contemporary Artist Lecture at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (18 May). She will speak on the social consciousness and materiality in her large-scale beaded installations.

Liza Lou in San Francisco

Liza Lou appears on the exhibition Home Land Security at Fort Winfield Scott at Langdon Court. Occupying a suite of former military structures in the Presidio overlooking the San Francisco Bay, Home Land Security brings together works by contemporary artists and collectives from around the globe to reflect on the human dimensions and increasing complexity of national security, including the physical and psychological borders we create, protect, and cross in its name. Until December 18, 2016

Liza Lou at the Neuberger Museum of Art in Westchester, NY

Liza Lou’s installation Color Field, the artist’s largest sculpture to date is exhibited at the Neuberger Museum of Art Westchester, NY, until 3 March 2016. The work challenges traditional definitions of painting, sculpture, and craft in her dazzling installations made entirely of glass beads. The abstract work of over two million glass beads arranged in brilliantly coloured squares carpets nearly the entire floor of the Neuberger Museum of Art’s largest gallery. Lou originally created Color Field in Durban, South Africa, where she lived from 2005 to 2014, working with a team of nearly 30 Zulu women artisans. The exhibition also includes Lou’s Solid Gray and Color/White canvases, a series of monochromatic woven beaded works in various hues. On 7 November, at the opening Lou was handed the 2015 Neuberger Museum of Art Passionate Artist Award.

Liza Lou at the University of Connecticut

Work by Liza Lou forms part of the exhibition Painting @ the very edge of Art at the Contemporary Art Galleries, University of Connecticut from 14 September to 4 December. The exhibition features nine international artists who approach painting as a generative process open to redefining materials and handling of the traditional pictorial plane. It reconsiders the boundaries of the discipline, questioning what it means to create works that reference the painting practice at this contemporary moment. Artists embracing the traditional four-corner canvas, with its flat two-dimensional surface referencing early European modernism mid-century Minimalism, Op-Art and Color-Field include Liza Lou, Jason Middlebrook, Donald Moffett, Dianna Molzan, Guillermo Pfaff, Zak Prekop, Cordy Ryman and Mika Tajima.

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  • Solo exhibitions

    Liza Lou / Canvas / 2014

    Group exhibitions

    Summer Show / 2016

    New Revolutions: Goodman Gallery at 50

    Edge of Silence / 2015

    Other People's Memories / 2015

    Surfacing / 2014

    Editions / 2013

    Advance/...Notice / 2012

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  • Press for Liza Lou

    SP-Arte / Folha de S.Paulo / Brazil / 3 April 2015

    Equal in inequality, Brazil and South Africa lock dialogue in SP-Arte By Silas Marti (769.7 KB)

    Liza Lou / KMUW Wichita Public Radio / Kansas / 10 June 2015

    Three Exhibits Share Contemporary Approach To The Landscape By Lindsey Herkommer Devries (2.2 MB)

    Liza Lou / Mail and Guardian / South Africa / 22 - 28 August 2014

    Knee-deep in SA's paradoxes by Sean O'Toole (327 KB)

    Liza Lou / Designboom / London / 31 July 2013

    Mesmerizing Beaded Environments by Liza Lou by Nina Azzarello (1.2 MB)

    Liza Lou / Los Angeles Times / Los Angeles / 28 April 2011

    Art Review: Liza Lou at L&M by Leah Ollman (6.4 MB)

    Liza Lou / Art In America / United States / 1 November 2008

    Liza Lou by Steven C. Dubin (377.5 KB)

    Liza Lou / W Magazine / United States / September 2008

    Liza Lou Once ostracized because she dared to use beads instead of paint, artist Liza Lou is now a favorite of collectors and curators. Here, A visit to her South African studio by Christopher Bagley (250.6 KB)

    Liza Lou / The Guardian / United Kingdom / 21 March 2006

    String of Violence by Adrian Searle (276.8 KB)