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Laura Owens

August 2 - September 28, 2003


Los Angeles-based artist Laura Owens (b. 1970) is one of the most highly regarded young painters working today. She is often seen as part of an international movement of emerging painters who investigate the formal issues of the medium through a highly personal blend of abstract and representational imagery. Her work incorporates an eclectic range of visual references, including English embroidery, Chinese and Japanese landscape painting, European and American modernism, and her own photography. Her unique style moves from landscape to abstraction with energetic, thick brushstrokes, fanciful childlike doodles, whimsical collage, and sophisticated fine line drawings.

This exhibition - her most significant to date - features approximately twenty paintings and fifteen drawings, including a group of new large-scale works created especially for this exhibition. It is accompanied by a major catalogue, with essays by exhibition curator Paul Schimmel and art historian Thomas Lawson.

Owens's work has been included in the most important surveys of new painting, including Examining Pictures (Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 1999), Painting at the End of the World (Walker Art Center, 2001), Painting on the Move (Kunstmuseum, Kunsthalle, and Museum für Gegenwartkunst, Basel, 2002), as well as Public Offerings (The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 2001) and1999-2000 Carnegie International and Drawing Now: Eight Propositions (The Museum of Modern Art, 2002-03).

Organized by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. The exhibition is made possible by the generous support of Mark S. Siegel, the Pasadena Art Alliance, Kathi and Gary Cypres, David Hockney, and Betye Monell Burton. The Aspen presentation is supported by the AAM National Council and Vicki and Kent Logan.

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