Liza Lou “Woven”

Lehmann Maupin (501 W 24th Street)

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Liza Lou’s solo exhibition Woven features new and archival work by the Los Angeles-based artist. This In Focus show highlights paintings and drawings that foreground Lou’s decades-long investigation into process, labor, and the essence and poetic possibility of glass beads.

The gallery show follows recent significant museum exhibitions at Museo Jumex in Mexico City and Des Moines Art Center in Iowa.

Forging an original, Feminist-inflected vision from the very beginning of her career, Lou has consistently challenged and expanded the boundary between the fine and applied arts. She has created figurative, room-sized installations, brightly chromatic sculptures, and mesmerizing minimal canvases, all of which render labor radically visible on both formal and conceptual registers.

Over the past 15 years, the artist has turned her focus to abstraction and repetitive processes to engage with art history while exploring the conceptual and metaphoric potential of certain abiding dualities, from presence and absence to cohesion and disintegration. Each of the works in Woven highlight Lou’s engagement with repetition and focus, as well as her deep understanding of materiality.

In particular, her paintings and drawings use pen and graphite to “weave” cloth-like structures on a flat canvas—investigating the possibility of the two-dimensional format for making visible the thought process within repetitive labor.

Woven precedes the artist’s forthcoming solo exhibition, opening this September, in which Lou will debut a new body of work spanning our entire New York gallery.



from January 26, 2024 to March 09, 2024


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