The Whimsical Work of Laura Owens at The Whitney in November



Image credit: Laura Owens, Untitled, 2004. Acrylic and oil on linen, 66 x 66 in. (167.6 x 167.6 cm). Collection of Nina Moore. © Laura Owens

Opening this week at The Whitney Museum of American Art, a comprehensive look at the whimsical work of Los Angeles-based artist, Laura Owens, featuring approximately 60 paintings from the mid-1990s to today.

Detail of Laura Owens, Untitled, 2014. Ink, silkscreen ink, vinyl paint, acrylic, oil, pastel, paper, wood, solvent transfers, stickers, handmade paper, thread, board, and glue on linen and polyester, five parts: 138 1/8 x 106 ½ x 2 5/8 in. (350.8 x 270.5 x 6.7 cm) overall. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from Jonathan Sobel 2014.281a-e. © Laura Owens. Image via

“Her early canvases upended the traditions of painterly abstraction by incorporating goofy personal allusions, doodling, and common craft materials. These works often demonstrated her keen interest in how paintings function in a given room and used illusionistic techniques to extend the plane of a wall or floor directly into the space of her pictures. More recently, she has charted a dramatic transformation in her work, marshaling all of her previous interests and talents within large-scale paintings that make virtuosic use of silkscreen, computer manipulation, digital printing, and material exploration. The Whitney has a longstanding commitment to Owens, who has been featured in two Biennials, and is significantly represented in the Museum’s collection.”

The exhibition is organized by Scott Rothkopf, Deputy Director for Programs and Nancy and Steve Crown Family Chief Curator, with Jessica Man, curatorial assistant.  Laura Owens, will be on view from November 10, 2017 to February 4, 2018.


Artist, Do Ho Suh: 95 Horatio Street.

The Whitney Museum of American Art is located at 99 Gansevoort Street, under the High Line, between Washington and West Streets.

Did you know that on Fridays, it is Pay-What-You-Wish from 7-10pm at The Whitney.

While you’re there, don’t miss Toyin Ohih Odutola: To Wander Determined.  Across the street, check out the site-specific work by artist Do Ho Suh featured in the series of public art installations on the facade of 95 Horatio Street.

Next door, STAND STILL: A Still Life Show currently on view at Allouche Gallery.

Rafa Macarron, Naturaleza Muerta. Image via Allouche Gallery

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