Lehmann Maupin – Liza Lou: Desire Lines

15 September - 6 November, 2021
LIZA LOU Going to California, 2021 (detail) India ink and gouache on gessoed linen 69 x 84.25 inches 175.26 x 214 cm Photo by Joshua White. Image © The Artist, Courtesy of Lehmann Maupin

Lehmann Maupin London will present Desire Lines, an exhibition of work by Los Angeles-based artist Liza Lou. The artist’s fifth exhibition with the gallery will feature 10 works that poetically illustrate Lou’s engagement with the natural environment, abstraction, and her own oeuvre spanning 30 years. From the very beginning of her career in the early 1990s to today, Lou has established a rigorous exploration of materiality and beauty in a labor-intensive practice that melds elements of both fine art and craft. Kitchen (1991–1996), Lou’s first major and most widely recognized work, is a room-sized sculpture that she began in her mother’s home in the suburbs of Southern California. The pioneering sculpture is made entirely of glass beads and represents five years of individual labor, placing Lou at the forefront of artists engaging with this craft metiér. This exhibition showcases Lou’s most recent innovations alongside key works from the past that exemplify her transformative use of material and inform the work she is making today.

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