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Lehmann Maupin

Classification and Nomenclature of Clouds

  • Liza Lou

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Current Exhibitions at Lehmann Maupin


remember all the high and exalted things remember all the low and broken things

  • Billy Childish,
  • Opens: Jan. 23, 2020
  • Closes: Feb. 22, 2020
  • Reception: Jan. 23, 2020
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Yes Biological

  • Erwin Wurm,
  • Opens: Jan. 16, 2020
  • Closes: Feb. 22, 2020
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Interlude: Perdu

  • Lee Bul,
  • Opens: Nov. 07, 2019
  • Closes: Jan. 18, 2020
  • Reception: Nov. 07, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

TIME LIFE

  • Hernan Bas,
  • Opens: Nov. 07, 2019
  • Closes: Jan. 04, 2020
  • Reception: Nov. 07, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Play the Wind

  • Alex Prager,
  • Opens: Sep. 05, 2019
  • Closes: Oct. 26, 2019
  • Reception: Sep. 05, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Mirrors of Emotion

  • Kader Attia,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2019
  • Closes: Oct. 26, 2019
  • Reception: Sep. 10, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

cart, horse, cart

  • Zachary Armstrong,
  • Jennifer Bartlett,
  • McArthur Binion,
  • Cecily Brown,
  • Sarah Cain,
  • Sarah Crowner,
  • Beverly Fishman,
  • Joanne Greenbaum,
  • Tomashi Jackson,
  • Donald Moffett,
  • Angel Otero,
  • Lari Pittman,
  • Matthew Ronay,
  • Terry Winters,
  • Molly Zuckerman-Hartung,
  • Opens: Jun. 20, 2019
  • Closes: Aug. 17, 2019
  • Reception: Jun. 20, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Workshop

  • Tim Rollins,
  • K.O.S.,
  • Opens: Apr. 18, 2019
  • Closes: Jun. 14, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

In Focus: Helen Pashgian

  • Helen Pashgian,
  • Opens: Apr. 25, 2019
  • Closes: May. 25, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Site of Memory

  • Heidi Bucher,
  • Opens: Apr. 25, 2019
  • Closes: Jun. 15, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Milagros

  • Angel Otero,
  • Opens: Mar. 07, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 20, 2019
  • Reception: Mar. 07, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Impeach

  • Jennifer Steinkamp,
  • Opens: Feb. 28, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 13, 2019
  • Reception: Feb. 28, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Hand:Work

  • McArthur Binion,
  • Opens: Jan. 17, 2019
  • Closes: Mar. 02, 2019
  • Reception: Jan. 17, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Bluebird

  • Margherita Manzelli,
  • Opens: Jan. 24, 2019
  • Closes: Feb. 23, 2019
  • Reception: Jan. 24, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

MUTATIONS IN BLUE, WHITE AND RED

  • Mandy El-Sayegh,
  • Opens: Nov. 08, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2018
  • Reception: Nov. 08, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Modernist

  • Catherine Opie,
  • Opens: Nov. 01, 2018
  • Closes: Jan. 12, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Classification and Nomenclature of Clouds

  • Liza Lou
  • Opens: Sep. 06, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 27, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 06, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Nicholas Hlobo

  • Nicholas Hlobo,
  • Opens: Jul. 12, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 24, 2018
  • Reception: Jul. 18, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

La India Contaminada

  • Cecilia Vicuña,
  • Opens: May. 19, 2018
  • Closes: Jul. 06, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

American Landscape

  • Teresita Fernández,
  • Catherine Opie,
  • Tim Rollins,
  • K.O.S.,
  • Nari Ward,
  • Opens: Mar. 15, 2018
  • Closes: May. 05, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Geometry of Colour

  • Robin Rhode,
  • Opens: Jan. 18, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 10, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

THE BEARD PICTURES

  • Gilbert & George,
  • Opens: Oct. 12, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2017
  • Reception: Oct. 12, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Polvo

  • Adriana Varejão,
  • Opens: Apr. 24, 2014
  • Closes: Jun. 21, 2014
  • Reception: Apr. 24, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Films and Video Sculptures, 1972-1981

  • Gilbert & George,
  • Opens: Jul. 01, 2014
  • Closes: Aug. 08, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Drawings

  • Do Ho Suh,
  • Opens: Sep. 11, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 25, 2014
  • Reception: Sep. 11, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Drawings

  • Do Ho Suh,
  • Opens: Sep. 11, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 25, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Tête de Femme

  • Mickalene Thomas,
  • Opens: Jun. 26, 2014
  • Closes: Aug. 08, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Show your injuries

  • Kader Attia,
  • Opens: Nov. 08, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 14, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Show your injuries

  • Kader Attia,
  • Opens: Nov. 08, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 06, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Anya Gallaccio

  • Anya Gallaccio,
  • Opens: Jan. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 15, 2015
  • Reception: Jan. 09, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Borne Frieze

  • Robin Rhode,
  • Opens: Jun. 25, 2015
  • Closes: Aug. 21, 2015
  • Reception: Jun. 25, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Mary Corse

  • Mary Corse,
  • Opens: Apr. 23, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 13, 2015
  • Reception: Apr. 23, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Patrick Van Caeckenbergh

  • Patrick Van Caeckenbergh,
  • Opens: Jun. 23, 2015
  • Closes: Aug. 21, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Future Seasons Past (LES)

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Feb. 28, 2015
  • Closes: Apr. 12, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Future Seasons Past (Chelsea)

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Feb. 28, 2015
  • Closes: Apr. 12, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Nari Ward

  • Nari Ward,
  • Opens: Sep. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Nov. 01, 2015
  • Reception: Sep. 09, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Sunset in My Heart

  • Mr.,
  • Opens: Jun. 23, 2016
  • Closes: Aug. 12, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Repossession

  • Kader Attia,
  • Tim Rollins,
  • K.O.S.,
  • Mickalene Thomas,
  • Opens: Jun. 24, 2016
  • Closes: Aug. 12, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

La Grande Sortie

  • Alex Prager,
  • Opens: Sep. 07, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 23, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 07, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

flowers, nudes and birch trees

  • Billy Childish,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 31, 2015
  • Reception: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

700 Nimes Road

  • Catherine Opie,
  • Opens: Jan. 14, 2016
  • Closes: Feb. 20, 2016
  • Reception: Jan. 14, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Portraits and Landscapes

  • Catherine Opie,
  • Opens: Jan. 14, 2016
  • Closes: Feb. 20, 2016
  • Reception: Jan. 14, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Kindred Spirits

  • Adriana Varejão,
  • Opens: Apr. 21, 2016
  • Closes: Jun. 19, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Teresita Fernández

  • Teresita Fernández,
  • Opens: Nov. 06, 2015
  • Closes: Jan. 02, 2016
  • Reception: Nov. 05, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New Paintings

  • Angel Otero,
  • Opens: Nov. 07, 2015
  • Closes: Jan. 03, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Mary Corse

  • Mary Corse,
  • Opens: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 07, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Bright Young Things

  • Hernan Bas,
  • Opens: Mar. 10, 2016
  • Closes: Apr. 23, 2016
  • Reception: Mar. 10, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Nicholas Hlobo

  • Nicholas Hlobo,
  • Opens: Feb. 24, 2016
  • Closes: Apr. 17, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Kim Guiline

  • Kim Guiline,
  • Opens: Feb. 16, 2017
  • Closes: Mar. 25, 2017
  • Reception: Feb. 16, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Fire (America)

  • Teresita Fernández,
  • Opens: Mar. 17, 2017
  • Closes: May. 20, 2017
  • Reception: Mar. 17, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ethics demonstrated in geometrical order

  • Erwin Wurm,
  • Opens: Mar. 30, 2017
  • Closes: May. 26, 2017
  • Reception: Mar. 30, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Liu Wei (Chelsea)

  • Liu Wei,
  • Opens: Nov. 02, 2016
  • Closes: Dec. 17, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Lui Wei (Chrystie St.)

  • Lui Wei,
  • Opens: Nov. 02, 2016
  • Closes: Dec. 17, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

From a whisper to a scream

  • Jeffrey Gibson,
  • Shirazeh Houshiary,
  • Teresita Fernández,
  • Opens: May. 25, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 25, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Till, Lit

  • Nari Ward,
  • Opens: Jun. 02, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 25, 2017
  • Reception: Jun. 02, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Lee Bul

  • Lee Bul,
  • Opens: Jan. 12, 2017
  • Closes: Feb. 11, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 12, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Reason’s Oxymorons

  • Kader Attia,
  • Opens: Jan. 13, 2017
  • Closes: Mar. 04, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 13, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

Sep 06 - Oct 27, 2018

  • Reception: Sep 06, 6 - 8pm

Where

Lehmann Maupin

  • 501 West 24th Street, New York NY 10011 Map
  • 212.255.2923

About

Lehmann Maupin is pleased to present Liza Lou: Classification and Nomenclature of Clouds as the inaugural exhibition of the gallery’s new, additional location at West 24th Street and Tenth Avenue. This exhibition, her first in New York City in over a decade, will encompass painting, sculpture, drawing, and video. A continuation of the exhibition will be featured at Lehmann Maupin’s West 22nd Street location, with a room dedicated to an installation of paintings and sculpture from Lou’s Terra series. The gallery will host an opening reception for the artist on Thursday, September 6, from 6 to 8 PM at 501 West 24th Street.

Liza Lou’s sculptures, room-size installations, and performances have broken boundaries between art and craft, sculpture and painting since the unveiling of Kitchen (1991–1996) at the New Museum in New York in 1996. Eschewing the well-traveled path in art school to pursue a self-guided exploration of more traditional media like painting and sculpture, Lou forged an original vision. A life-size replica of a kitchen in the midst of a museum gallery would hardly cause a stir, were it not for the fact that the work, now in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, is made entirely of glass beads. In the years since, Lou’s work has continued to break boundaries as it has developed from room-size tableaux taken from everyday life—such as Backyard (1996–1999) and Trailer (1998–2000)—and works no less monumental yet distinctly more sober in their themes, such as Security Fence (2005) and Cell (2004-2006), to her recent abstract sculptures and wall reliefs. Throughout these shifts in her practice, process, labor, and beauty are always inextricably linked to the meaning of the work.

The title of the exhibition is inspired by amateur meteorologist Luke Howard’s Essay on the Modification of Clouds, which met with great acclaim when it was presented as a lecture in 1802. The poet Mark Strand recently wrote, “Clouds are thoughts without words,” yet Howard was able to give names to the ungraspable. By classifying and naming the clouds, he influenced painters and poets alike. Observing daily atmospheric phenomena in the two cities where the artist divides her time—Durban, South Africa, where clouds are often tumultuous, and Los Angeles, where skies are mostly blue—Lou began to make cloud paintings en plein air. This exhibition features the resulting monumentally scaled work, The Clouds (2015–2018), recently exhibited in the 21st Biennale of Sydney. Stretching 50 feet across by 23 feet high in Lehmann Maupin’s new gallery space, The Clouds is comprised of a grid of 600 beaded cloths, which are hand sewn in her Durban studio. These cloths become the surface upon which the artist paints and then partially smashes the beads away with a hammer, revealing the paint-stained network of thread beneath. The materiality of the cloths is in stark contrast with the groundlessness of passing clouds.

Transformation and mutability, which is the essential nature of clouds, unfolds as the underlying theme for other works in the exhibition. For example, in Nacreous (2018), Lou paints over the surface of the beads, and then layers additional woven cloths with the beads crushed away atop the painted forms, creating a sfumato effect with hazy skeins. In Nimbostratus (2018), Lou utilizes a grid pattern and glass cloths to different effect. Here, she applies thick oil paint to 16 glass bead-woven panels, then hangs them reversed to reveal the cloud-like stains and discoloration, which is the result of chemical oxidation of the paint on the silver-lined glass.

The exhibition also includes a series of sculpture and wall reliefs where Lou challenges the limitations of her chosen material. Glass beads are typically limited by monochrome color and uniformity, inviting repetitive weaving patterns, however, Lou developed a technique using different sizes of spheres sewn together into complex, cell-like structures. These organic, impasto-paint-like forms, in works such as Pyroclastic (2018) and Primary (2018), are thus built by accretion, evoking multiform natural phenomena.

There are two large-scale examples of Lou’s drawing practice, which have taken more than 11 years to complete. Lou considers the smooth, gessoed canvases upon which she draws to be instruments; as each mark is made, it is accompanied by an audible sound from the artist, which varies from a mantra-like drone to gospel-like euphoric whoops and groans. The lower-level gallery of Lehmann Maupin will be dedicated to Drawing Instrument (2018), a video in which layered recordings of many days of drawing and singing are compiled into a complex and haunting audio/visual remix, in which she captures each small circular mark she makes while singing the word “oh” over and over again. Falling just short of the mantra “om,” “oh” repeats the o-like shape she is drawing, and it is also an exclamation between certainty and uncertainty, which lies at the heart of all art processes.

A catalogue with an essay by independent Los Angeles-based curator Jenelle Porter and designed by Conny Purtill of Purtill Family Business will accompany the exhibition.


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