Cover of Liza Lou. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, Seoul, and London. Photos by Daniel Kukla
The New Museum and Lehmann Maupin invite you to a book launch and conversation on the occasion of the publication of Liza Lou (Rizzoli Electa, 2022). Join artist Liza Lou and Lisa Phillips, Toby Devan Lewis Director of the New Museum, for a discussion of the artist’s practice and work. Liza Lou is a comprehensive monograph that features works from the entirety of Lou’s career, dating back to Kitchen (1991–1996) which was first shown at the New Museum as part of the exhibition “A Labor of Love” (1996) curated by founding director Marcia Tucker.
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Liza Lou (b. 1969, New York, NY) lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. For the past thirty years, Lou has made sculpture, paintings, drawings, and room-size environments that induce states of wonder, including the groundbreaking Kitchen (1991–1996), now in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art. Lou’s numerous solo museum exhibitions include presentations at Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art, Cape Town, South Africa (2018); Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY (2015); Wichita Museum of Art, Wichita, KS (2015); Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA (2013); and SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA (2011). The artist’s group exhibitions include “Making Knowing: Craft in Art, 1950-2019” (2019–2022), Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; “We the People: New Art from the Collection” (2018), Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; “Pulling at Threads” (2018), Norval Foundation, Cape Town, South Africa; “SUPERPOSITION & Engagement” (2018), 21st Biennial of Sydney, Australia; and “19th Century and Modern Art” (2010), Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, among others. Lou is the recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and an Anonymous Was a Woman Award.
Lisa Phillips has been the Toby Devan Lewis Director of the New Museum since 1999. During her tenure she has dramatically expanded the Museum, its Board, staff, attendance, and budget, and continues to diversify its leadership and audience. Phillips spearheaded and realized the Museum’s first dedicated building (2007) designed by the leading architects SANAA, who subsequently won the Pritzker Prize. In so doing, she established the Museum as a top international cultural destination with a critically acclaimed exhibition program rivaling the best in the world. Phillips also co-founded NEW INC (2014), the first museum-led incubator for cultural creatives. She is currently leading a second building expansion by OMA/Shohei Shigematsu and Rem Koolhaas.
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