Lot 519
  • 519

Liza Lou

150,000 - 200,000 USD
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  • Liza Lou
  • Offensive/Defensive
  • glass beads on aluminum panel
  • 72 by 36 in. 182.9 by 91.4 cm.
  • Executed in 2008.


L&M Arts, New York
Private Collection, Belgium
Phillips, New York, 13 May 2010, Lot 141
Private Collection, New York


New York, L&M Arts, Liza Lou, September – December 2008


Linda Nochlin and Robert Pincus-Witten, Eds., Liza Lou, New York 2008, pp. 94-99, illustrated
Charles Schultz, “Interview with Liza Lou,” Whitehot Magazine, October 2008, illustrated
Steven Dubin, “Where in the World is Liza Lou,” Art in America, November 2008, p. 168, illustrated
Jan Garden Castro, Ed., “Liza Lou: Fragile Security,” Sculpture Magazine, April 2009, p. 35

Catalogue Note

"When I started working with beads, there was a little bit of irony at play there: it was a way to bronze things, a way of valorizing something that would be lowly. I thought about what the material meant art historically but I didn’t think about what it meant traditionally—the history of beads goes back thousands and thousands of years. Beads are really primal, they are used in prayer like rosaries or mandalas...My work has since become a lot more minimal, which can seem very dry, but for me it’s become more juicy as well. It’s almost like I’m trying to get down to the raw pit. In doing that, what has been stripped away is some of the more physical, obvious story lines that used to surround my work."

Liza Lou