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b. 1980, Argentina

Analia Saban Biography

Analia Saban has gained renown for work that playfully carves open the conventions of photography, painting and sculpture. Saban’s surgical treatment of her material teases abstract out abstract images: she will drag a still-wet photograph across a textured surface, or scrape the emulsion off the paper. In Markings (from Paint Storage) (2014) Saban scrapes a photograph that depicts a shelf of paints before reapplying the emulsion to an adjacent canvas. Saban taps into ideas and forces that she finds within the photographic image, as if the depicted object – the cans of paint – transform to become actual pigment and a rival to the artist. Saban seems to discover an inner life in each artwork, constituted in part by the conventions of media and genre. She converses with, even fights against, the materiality of each painting, photography or sculpture, and each work endures as a hard-won depiction of that process. 

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Analia Saban was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1980 and lives in Los Angeles and New York City. She has exhibited widely in both solo and group shows. Recent group exhibitions include Variations: Conversations in and Around Abstract Painting, LACMA, CA; Vibrant Matter, Kiosk, Ghent, Belgium (both 2015); An Appetite for Painting, National Museum of Norway, Oslo (2014); Expanding on an expansive subject, Part 2: Analia Saban, Is this a painting?, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA (2014); Le Club des Sous L'Eau / Nouvelles Vagues / Young Curator Season, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2013); and the Hammer Museum’s first Los Angeles biennial exhibition, MADE IN LA 2012.

Analia Saban Featured Artworks

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Woven Angle Gradient as Weft, Cadmium Red Medium (Twelve O’Clock) by Analia Saban contemporary artwork painting, textile
Analia SabanWoven Angle Gradient as Weft, Cadmium Red Medium (Twelve O’Clock), 2021Woven acrylic paint and linen thread on panel
165.7 x 178.4 x 5.7 cm
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Woven Angle Gradient as Weft, Black (Three O’Clock) by Analia Saban contemporary artwork painting, textile
Analia SabanWoven Angle Gradient as Weft, Black (Three O’Clock), 2020Woven acrylic paint and linen thread
182.9 x 171.5 x 5.7 cm
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Distressed Canvas Circuit Board (with Component Rubbings and Punctures) #8 by Analia Saban contemporary artwork mixed media, textile
Analia SabanDistressed Canvas Circuit Board (with Component Rubbings and Punctures) #8, 2019Linen on circuit board on panel
33.3 x 30.8 x 5.7 cm
Para Site
Woven Vertical Reflected Linear Gradient as Weft (Center, White) by Analia Saban contemporary artwork mixed media
Analia SabanWoven Vertical Reflected Linear Gradient as Weft (Center, White), 2019Woven acrylic paint, linen thread
95.9 x 85.7 x 5.7 cm
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Woven Horizontal Reflected Linear Gradient as Weft (Center, White) by Analia Saban contemporary artwork mixed media
Analia SabanWoven Horizontal Reflected Linear Gradient as Weft (Center, White), 2019Woven acrylic paint, linen thread
95.9 x 85.7 x 5.7 cm
Arario Gallery Contact Gallery
Draped Concrete (26.25 sq ft) by Analia Saban contemporary artwork sculpture
Analia SabanDraped Concrete (26.25 sq ft), 2016Four concrete slabs on wooden sawhorse
104.8 x 487.7 x 42.9 cm
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Draped Marble (Fior di Pesco Apuano) by Analia Saban contemporary artwork sculpture
Analia SabanDraped Marble (Fior di Pesco Apuano), 2015Marble slab on steel on wooden sawhorse
99.1 x 177.8 x 91.4 cm
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Fireplace by Analia Saban contemporary artwork mixed media
Analia SabanFireplace, 2015Machine rendered acrylic paint on linen
142.2 x 116.8 x 3.8 cm
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Analia Saban Recent Exhibitions

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Analia Saban Represented By

Sprüth Magers contemporary art gallery in Berlin, Germany Sprüth Magers Berlin, London, Los Angeles

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