A major monograph on contemporary artist Laura Owens surveys her career and explores why she has become one of the most interesting and provocative painters of today. From her meteoric rise in the late ’90s and early 2000s, Laura Owens has set herself apart as an artist working through difficult territory in painting—the very terms of painting itself. At a time when a stern conceptualism dominated the painting landscape, Owens’ canvases shimmered with unabashed joy, figures, and acid-bright colors. Informed by art history, Owens possesses the rare ability to wield a variety of familiar styles without their stultifying weight, garnering critical praise for compositions at once playful and rigorous.Shifting easily between materials and genres, Owens’ work refuses to commit to one identity. Some signature elements include a menagerie of abstract animals, a simple figurative style, an interest in history, and the lingering influence of Matisse, Gauguin, and Miró. This monograph will survey Owens’ influential career, but perhaps more importantly, it will be the first to critically assess the artist’s most recent work.
The most comprehensive volume on Laura Owens to date surveys the contemporary artist?s career from richly varied literary and curatorial perspectives. Among the most inventive contemporary artists working today, Laura Owens?s work is revered by critics and fellow artists alike. Informed by art history, her work possesses the rare ability to reference familiar styles without their stultifying weight, crafting compositions at once playful and rigorous. This volume surveys Owens?s entire career, featuring a comprehensive selection of the artist?s celebrated work, including her most recent series, much heralded since its debut over the last year in several shows across the world. These new paintings?stretched, screen-printed, impastoed with thick daubs of paint and volcanic rock?bear her familiar colors and free swirls but depart in their abstract form. Essays by artists, writers, and art historians provide multiple perspectives on an artist creating new directions in her medium.
Number of Pages: 272
Publisher: Random House Inc
Street Date: November 3, 2015
Item Number (DPCI): 247-51-8190