Paulina Olowska

The Stone Queen

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December 14, 09:04 PM GMT


30,000 - 40,000 USD

Lot Details


Paulina Olowska


The Stone Queen

Executed in 2018

acrylic on canvas

31 by 27 ½ in. (78.7 by 69.9 cm.)

Courtesy of the artist and Fundacja Galerii Foksal, Warsaw

Paulina Olowska’s realist paintings, drawings, and collages borrow widely from both Eastern European and American popular culture and art history. This cross-cultural frame of reference allows the work to occupy a distinctly contemporary conceptual space, while still speaking to a collective historical memory. Olowska’s performance work exhibits a similar breadth and depth, ranging from her early adaptation of Czech designer Karel Teige's typographic work, to her more recent stagings of collaborative performances and ballet.

Recent solo exhibitions of Olowska’s work include those at Metro Pictures, New York; Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw; and the Tate Modern, London. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; Muzeum Susch, Zernez; and the 2018 edition of the Liverpool Biennial. She is slated to perform at the Art Institute of Chicago as part of the ongoing Iterations series.

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