Toledo, Ohio — Whenever I encounter a museum exhibition that frames itself as presenting exclusively female artists, I have to run through the same internal debate about emphasizing artists' gender.
In 1996, Liza Lou unveiled The Kitchen — a lifesize suburban kitchen rendered entirely in beads. The piece, which included a box of glittering Frosted Flakes and a cherry pie that gleamed like the crown jewels, took the artist five years to make. Soon followed Backyard, a vast suburban lawn, beaded down to the blades of grass. Since...
In 1996, Liza Lou unveiled The Kitchen — a lifesize suburban kitchen rendered entirely in beads. The piece, which included a box of glittering Frosted Flakes and a cherry pie that gleamed like the
For those who wear glasses, the artist Liza Lou suggests taking them off when viewing her newest work, Color Field. The site-specific installation, a monumental, iridescent grid of colors, is part o
It took a village — over 500 people beading, sorting, and arranging under Liza Lou's watchful eyes and plan — to install Color Field, Lou's new 1,100-square-foot work, on view at the Neuberger Mus
Los Angeles-based artist Liza Lou couldn't grasp the importance of being an artist at first. That is, until an ancient material with no trace of scope in the canon of art history grabbed her. That mat
The American, whose pieces with glass beading have won her critical acclaim, is known for her demanding and arduous way of working. In 2005, Liza Lou travelled to Durban, South Africa, to initiate an art project with Zulu bead-workers. The project began with 12 women and then grew to 25, all of them coming together under the art initiative to...
In 2005, artist Liza Lou made a trip from her hillside home in Topanga Canyon, outside Los Angeles, to Hartford, a town four hours north of New York by train. She wanted to commission bead workers in