The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Exhibition of new work by Liza Lou on view at White Cube Hoxton Square
Liza Lou, Untitled, #17, 2011-2012. Woven glass beads, 66 3/4 x 59 1/16 in. (169.5 x 150 cm)© the artist. Photo: Dean Elliott, courtesy White Cube.
LONDON.- White Cube Hoxton Square presents an exhibition of new work by Liza Lou, her second with the gallery. Over the past twenty years, Liza Lou has achieved acclaim for her meticulous, large-scale sculptures and installations in her unique medium of beads. While much of her previous work, such as the groundbreaking Kitchen (1991-96) or Security Fence (2005), explored political and social themes through menacingly beautiful spaces, Lou’s recent work is smaller in scale and almost entirely abstract. Emphasising formal characteristics such as structure, surface and rhythm, Lou has created a group of shimmering meditations on time, labour and the pleasures and ambiguities of looking.

Liza Lou refers to the new works, with their beaded surfaces mounted on cotton-backed stretchers, as ‘paintings’. This is in part a reflection of their two-dimensional form, but also foregrounds how the work alludes to the history of minimalism in painting, from Georges Seurat to Agnes Martin. In one group of paintings (Canvas 2-11, 2011-12), sections of off-white beads form bands of subtly modulated cream and ivory. Each band of beads was stitched by a member of her studio according to one rule: the beads should not be cleaned. Thus they take on the patina of time, and the range of whites becomes, like the unexpected drip or scumble in a painting, a record of the process of its creation. Another set of paintings feature wave-like structures, with overlapping sections of beads in fractured, organic lines. Natural rhythms of labour – and nature – collide with the repetitive structures of the minimalist grid to create a beauty borne of both order and imperfection. Each painting highlights the time and attention devoted to its creation, the mindfulness required to both create and then look – closely and slowly – at each piece. They bring to mind patterns of thought, the rhythm of daily tasks, and the hard-won beauty that is the result of such labour. Shifting fragments against grief and entropy, Lou plunders the hours to make objects of pure radiance.

Durban Diaries, a catalogue with a substantial text by the artist, will be published to coincide with the exhibition. In the Durban Diaries, Lou writes about the experience of seven years of working and living in Durban, South Africa. Descriptions of her working processes are interspersed with stories about the men and women with whom she works, and throughout she recounts the joys and doubts, the triumphs and tribulations of living in her adopted country and working with Zulu artisans. Neither a discursive text nor an artist’s statement, Lou’s Durban Diaries offer a stark and honest account of the day-to-day rhythm of life inside the studio and beyond.

Liza Lou was born in New York and is based in Durban, South Africa and Los Angeles. She has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions internationally, including Savannah College of Art & Design, Georgia, USA (2011); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; New Museum, New York and Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (all 2010); The Israel Museum, Jerusalem (2009); Lever House, New York (2008); Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf (2002); Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo (2002); Smithsonian Institution of American Art, Washington, D.C. (2000) and Fondació Joan Miró, Barcelona (1998).

Today's News

April 25, 2012

Exhibition in Venice delves into the relationship between Picasso and Ambrose Vollard

Now available: Sam Francis catalogue raisonné of canvas and panel paintings, 1946-1994

Los Angeles County Museum of Art collector's committee makes seven acquisitions

Masterworks from 1925 to 1945 by André Masson opens at Blain/Di Donna in New York

World Monuments Fund, Government of Madhya Pradesh announce conservation partnership

Stunning 12th century carved marble basin tops Bonhams Islamic and Indian sale in London

Donald Young, one of Chicago's most influential and prominent gallerists, dies at age 69

Foujita and van Dongen Portraits of Felicja Blumental to be exhibited during international music festival

Exhibition of artworks by the French-American sculptor and painter Niki de Saint Phalle at Vicky David Gallery

San Antonio to celebrate 5th Annual Luminaria: Arts Come to Light on May 5

Christie's to offer George Washington's personal copy of the Acts of Congress

Abraham Lincoln's opera glasses used when he was assassinated at Ford Theater to be auctioned

New York City is portrayed online in 870,000 images from the Department of Records

Exhibition of new work by Liza Lou on view at White Cube Hoxton Square

Best ideas for the Philadelphia arts receive $2.76 million in funding

Saatchi Gallery offers an international perspective on current trends in photography

Sotheby's to sell 400-year-old diamond

New abstract paintings by Terry Setch on view at Flowers Gallery in London

Rich offerings of Chinese art fill two-day June auction at Bonhams

Waterhouse & Dodd opens first full solo show of Ingolv Helland's work

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- First solo exhibition by the American artist Mickalene Thomas in Belgium opens at Galerie Nathalie Obadia

2.- Israel accidentally finds ancient mosaic that served as pavement for a courtyard in a villa

3.- The address of Johannes Vermeer's the Little Street discovered by Rijksmuseum curator

4.- The nine lives of Russia's Hermitage cats that root out unwanted guests: Rodents

5.- Robbers make off with masterpieces by Rubens and Tintoretto from museum in Verona

6.- 17th century letters at Museum of Communication reveal refugees 'sense of loss'

7.- New museum dedicated to the artist Mu Xin opens in Zhejiang Province, China

8.- Who are the most prolific art collectors in the US today?

9.- Rubens House brings newly discovered study for a portrait by Van Dyck to Antwerp

10.- "The Nude in the XX and XXI century" curated by Jane Neal opens at Sotheby's S/2 London

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez
Social Network Manager and Translator: Norma Cristina Pérez Ayala Cano

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful