Liza Lou

Installation Artist, Award Winner

1969 –

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Who is Liza Lou?

Liza Lou is an American visual artist best known for producing large-scale work in unlikely and tedious mediums, such as beads.

Lou came to prominence with the 168-square-foot work Kitchen, a to-scale and fully equipped replica of a kitchen covered in beads. The work took five years to complete and was followed with Back Yard, for which Lou enlisted the help of volunteers to recreate grass in a 525-square-foot model of a backyard. Kitchen is in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and Back Yard is in the permanent collection of the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris.

Lou won the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 2002 and the Anonymous Was a Woman Artist Award in 2013. She currently lives and works in KwaZulu-Natal and Los Angeles.

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Born
1969
New York City
Profession
Education
  • San Francisco Art Institute

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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