Monday, August 11, 2014

3 women artists: Liza Lou, Louise Bourgeois, Louise Nevelson

I continually find all kinds of groovy new things while browsing the Daedalus website. Today I'm spotlighting some new and old favorites via some intriguing items I came across in the art books category. First up is the phantasmagorical Liza Lou. I had not previously heard of her but was intrigued enough by the blurb to go to her website, and wowee!! The photos above and below are from her "Kitchen" and "Backyard" installations—all of which are done in colored beads. From the macrocosm to the microcosm, her work is stunning. Lou is the recipient of a 2002 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.
Louise Bourgeois and Louise Nevelson, on the other hand, are well-known icons of the art world. We're currently featuring a monograph on the illustrated books of Bourgeois, with reproductions from the puritan and Ode à ma mère. (Photo by Helmut Newton.)
The Sculpture of Louise Nevelson: Constructing a Legend is an overview of the long and brilliant career of this great American artist. It is based on an exhibit in the Jewish Museum in New York that includes a group of self-portraits dating from the 1940s to the 1960s and two room-size masterworks, Dawn’s Wedding Feast (1959) and Mrs. N’s Palace (1964-77). Dawn’s Wedding Feast was constructed specifically for an influential Museum of Modern Art show, Sixteen Americans. Mrs. N’s Palace is considered the artist’s culminating environment: it is a 20-foot-wide black sculpture evoking a house. The exhibition also included rarely displayed examples of the artist’s works on paper dating from the 1920s to the 1980s.  At the time, the exhibit catalog (Constructing a Legend) was hailed as the most extensive study of Nevelson to be published in 25 years.
ROYAL TIDE I, 1960, and WHITE VERTICAL WATER, 1972.
from DAWN'S WEDDING FEAST, 1959.
MRS N.'S PALACE
Which of these artists would you collect, if you could?

3 comments:

  1. Liza Lou is an amazing artist. Saw her show at White Cube in London a few years ago-fabulous. She needs to be better known. Thanks for featuring her and the other great artists.

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  2. TheAmazingSpiderWomanAugust 13, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    If I had the means and the opportunity to collect any of these artists' works, I would definitely collect Louise Bourgeois' spiders. Sculpture, illustrations, it doesn't matter. There is a strange mix of creepiness and beauty in her spider works. I'm a fan. Thanks for the post.

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  3. As a beaded jewelry maker I would definitely collect Liza Lou's work. Breathtaking.

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