Liza Lou - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale New York Tuesday, November 10, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, acquired directly from the artist

  • Exhibited

    New York, L&M Arts, Liza Lou, September - December 2008
    Savannah, SCAD Museum of Art, Liza Lou: Let the Light In, October 2011 - January 2012

  • Literature

    Liza Lou, exh. cat., L & M Arts, New York, 2008, pp. 40-44 (illustrated)
    P. Schjeldahl, et al., Liza Lou, New York: Rizzoli, 2011, pp. 176-179 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    “Barricade is a fence that floats in the space as a kind of Surrealist object. The idea that you’re never safe or protected.” Liza Lou, 2011

    Musing on the idea of confinement, both in the forms and environments that she depicts and in her painstaking studio practice, Liza Lou’s Barricade is simultaneously threatening and jewel-like.
    Encased entirely in 24 karat gold-plated beads, Barricade straddles the form of a gate or fence, yet formally it offers no security. Conceived in South Africa and produced by female bead workers at risk of violence from their husbands or boyfriends, Lou’s elegant yet powerful structure escapes the traditional confines of the artist’s studio by imbuing it’s form with a socio-political message.



24 karat gold-plated beads on aluminum
84 x 108 x 2 in. (213.4 x 274.3 x 5.1 cm)
This work is number 1 from the edition of 2.

$150,000 - 250,000 

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

New York Auction 10 November 2015 11am