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Owens, Laura

by Scott Rothkopf and Laura Owens The Whitney Museum of American Art
Pub Date:
11/2018
ISBN:
9780300238129
Format:
Pbk 664 pages
Price:
AU$94.99 NZ$100.00
Product Status: Reprinting
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A richly illustrated, expansive mid-career survey of the stand-out American artist’s pioneering and influential work


 


Since the early 1990s, Laura Owens (b. 1970) has challenged traditional assumptions about figuration and abstraction in her pioneering - and at times controversial - approach to painting. This inventive mid-career survey of Owens’s work takes the form of an expansive seven-hundred-page book, interweaving writing on the artist’s work with excerpts from a wide variety of texts. Including an essay by Scott Rothkopf, this richly illustrated volume presents Owens’s paintings within a rich trove of archival imagery that includes exhibition announcements, installation photographs, personal correspondence, and source material, most of which has never before been published. Reflections by fellow artists, collaborators, assistants, dealers, family, and friends contribute an array of perspectives on Owens’s working practice and her numerous achievements. Touching on topics that range from the history of embroidery to pop music and computer software to maverick artists such as Elizabeth Murray, Joe Zucker, and Charles M. Schulz, this book situates Owens’s output, diverse interests, and personal history within a larger cultural matrix and provides a comprehensive overview of the life and work of this influential and continually evolving artist.


 
“The catalog brims with archival material — notes, sketches, news releases and price lists — and photographs superimposed, with drop shadows galore. Interspersed are oral histories and comments from family, friends, collaborators, former teachers and students. Although there are several essays, the totality is a kind of biography in the raw. (The only downside is that it’s not so useful as a record of the actual show.) It documents Ms. Owens’s thinking and working processes, her artistic community and the nuts and bolts of her career, starting with typed letters and proceeding to email and text exchanges with dealers and curators, even those for this show. Designed by Tiffany Malakooti, the catalog takes brilliant advantage of Ms. Owens’s apparent reluctance to throw things out.”—Roberta Smith, New York Times

Scott Rothkopf is deputy director for programs and Nancy and Steve Crown Family Chief Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.