Lita Albuquerque is an
internationally renowned installation, environmental artist, painter and
sculptor. She is committed to developing a visual language that brings the
realities of vast time and space to a more human scale and is widely acclaimed
for her ephemeral and permanent art works executed in the natural landscape and
in public sites.
She was born in Santa Monica, California and raised in Tunisia, North Africa and in Paris, France. At the age of eleven she finally settled with her family in the United States. In the 1970's Albuquerque emerged on the California art scene as part of the light and space movement and won acclaim for her epic and poetic ephemeral pigment pieces created for desert sites. She gained national attention in the late seventies with her ephemeral pigment installations pertaining to mapping, identity and the cosmos, executed and documented in the natural landscape. In 1980 Albuquerque garnered international acclaim for her pivotal installation, THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT PROJECT, as featured in the International Sculptural Conference. The recognition this daring work gained led to awards and commissions at major sites around the world, including the Great Pyramids, where she represented the United States at the International Cairo Biennale with her installation and exhibition SOL STAR which won the prestigious Cairo Biennale Prize.
the recipient of numerous grants and awards including: the Cairo Biennale Prize,
at the Sixth International Cairo Biennale; Arts International award for U.S.
Artist Representative for the Cairo Biennale; National Endowment for the Arts
Art in Public Places Award (1983, 1984, 1990), a National Endowment for the Arts
Individual Fellowship Grant and the esteemed Civitella Ranieri Foundation
Fellowship in the Visual Arts, Perugia, Italy (2002). In June 2004 she was
honored by the MOCA Los Angeles for their 25th anniversary celebration for her
contributions to the museum. Her work is featured in their anniversary catalogue
and permanent collection. Numerous solo exhibitions include: a career survey at
Santa Monica Museum of Art; Mary Ryan Gallery, N.Y.; Dorothy Goldeen Gallery,
Santa Monica; Marianne Deson Gallery, Chicago; Diane Brown Gallery, Washington
D.C.; Lerner Heller Gallery, N.Y.; Robin Cronin Gallery, Houston; and Akhnaten
Galleries, Cairo. Her museum exhibition history includes Hirshhorn Museum,
Washington D.C.; San Francisco Museum of Art; Musee d'Art Moderne, Paris; Asahi
Shimbun, Tokyo; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; National Gallery of
Modern Art, New Delhi; L.A. County Museum of Art; and Museum of Contemporary
Albuquerque's work questions what we are in the enormity of infinite space and eternal time. Despite a rising flood of new data and interpretive theory, the most elemental concepts of an emerging scientific cosmology are simply not imbedded in everyday culture. Conversely, the meaning of this cosmology does not seem implicit in the science. Lita Albuquerque has not flinched from the scale of such a challenge. In a dazzling array of work at many scales and in a variety of media, she has worked to develop a visual language capable of bringing the realities of vast space and time to a more human scale.Albuquerque is one of the rare artists and humanists who are responsible for thoughtfully and imaginatively placing the elemental concepts for a living, functional cosmology for 21st century culture within public consciousness.
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