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.Read More
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's work at Sprüth Magers gallery is curious and consuming from the very start, but for the most delicious, delirious, mind-bending experience, head upstairs.
Her works may be beige, but Analia Saban’s practice is anything but boring. The Argentinean-born artist, who at 34 has studios in both Santa Monica, California and Hell’s Kitchen, New York City, is destined for art historical legacy - if her mentors have anything to do with it. “John Baldessari is my main adviser,” she...