Liza Lou


Liza Lou

Liza Lou was born in 1969 in New York City.

Lou's work is at first mesmerizing and breathtakingly beautiful, millions of hand-placed glass beads covering surfaces such as appliances, security fences, and barbed wire. It is only when one begins to look more closely at the themes of Lou's work that one understands the seriousness of her subject matter, such as pleasure, pain, vulnerability, captivity, and injustice, both personal and political.

In 2002, Lou received the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. It was also during this time that Lou expanded her Los Angeles studio and moved to Durban, South Africa to not only create her most recent series of sculptures and reliefs, but to "find another way of working, one which can make a substantial difference to other people's lives," as Lou describes. Working with 30 Zulu artisans in a non-profit Centre in downtown Durban, Lou continues her efforts to develop an economically sustainable project, while creating truly magnificent and original artworks.

Lou has exhibited in numerous museums and galleries around the world, including, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Minneapolis Institute of Arts Minneapolis; Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica; and Smithsonian Institution of American Art, Washington, D.C.

The artist currently lives and works in Los Angeles and South Africa.

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Selected Press Savannah Morning News

Art & Soul: Beaded beauty
January 10, 2012

Connect Savannah

January 10, 2012

Los Angeles Times

Art review: Liza Lou at L&M
April 28, 2011

The Art Economist

April 2011

The Urban Glass Art Quarterly

Intuition of Beauty
Spring 2011

the artblog

March 12, 2011

The Art Economist

March 2011

The New York Times

The Koons Collection
February 24, 2010

Sculpture Magazine

Liza Lou: Fragile Security
April 2009

Time Out New York

Liza Lou
November 6 - 12, 2008

Art in America

Where in the World is Liza Lou?
November 2008

The New York Times

Liza Lou
Friday, October 10, 2008

Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art

Interview with Liza Lou
October 2008

W Magazine

Liza Lou
September 2008

The Independent

The suffering beneath all the glitter

Points of Light


Splendor in the Grass: Liza Lou and the Cultivation of Beauty