Liz Larner

Liz Larner (b. 1960, Sacramento, CA) attended the California Institute of the Arts, where  she received a BFA in 1985.

Larner’s work explores and extends the conditions and possibilities of sculpture. Her  works are informed by the relationship between object, viewer, and their surroundings as  well as a deep interest in a wide array of materials and their particular qualities. She  experiments with abstract sculpture made in fiberglass, crystals, paper, clay, aluminum,  steel, rubber, epoxy, mirror, cloth, and even bacteria. An inventor of new forms, Larner  creates sculptures which defy easy description by design.

In April 2022, the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis will present a survey exhibition of  Larner’s work, Don’t put it back like it was, co-organized with SculptureCenter, Long  Island City, where it was mounted earlier this year. In June 2022, Kunsthalle Zürich will  open an exhibition dedicated to Larner’s work titled below above. Past solo and two-person museum exhibitions include the Aspen Art Museum (2016); Art Institute of  Chicago (2015); Space is better than time, but time is okay, The Modern Institute,  Glasgow (2015); Two or Three or Something: Maria Lassnig, Liz Larner, Kunsthaus Graz (2006); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2001–02); MAK — Museum of  Applied Arts, Vienna (1998); and Kunsthalle Basel (1997).

Larner has been commissioned for public artworks including the Byron G. Rogers Federal  Building and Courthouse Plaza, Denver (2015); University of California, San Francisco  Mission Bay Project (2003); and the Riverside Pedestrian Bridge at Walt Disney Studios,  Burbank (2000).

The artist has received numerous awards, including the Mutina This Is Not a Prize (2018); the Nancy Graves Foundation Grant (2014); Pacific Design Center Stars of Design Award  (2005); Smithsonian American Art Museum Lucelia Artist Award (2002); and the  Guggenheim Fellowship (1999).

Work by the artist is held in prominent international collections, including The Art Institute  of Chicago; Dallas Museum of Art; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Hirshhorn Museum  and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; Museo Jumex, Mexico City; Los Angeles County  Museum of Art; MAK — Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna; Milwaukee Art Museum;  Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles;  Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art;  Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam;  Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; among  others.

She lives and works in Los Angeles.

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