LITA ALBUQUERQUE USA, b. 1946

Overview
"What I claim is the relationship between earth and sky."

Multi-disciplinary artist and writer Lita Albuquerque was born in 1946 in Santa Monica, California. She was raised in Tunisia, then in Paris. When she was eleven, she moved to the United-States with her family.

 

In 1970, Albuquerque emerged on the Californian artistic scene through the Light and Space movement. At the end of the 1970s, she gained international recognition for her ephemeral installations. Through coloured pigments in natural landscapes, she questions cartography, identity and the cosmos. The artist is interested in our place in the immensity of infinite space and eternal time.

 

She represented the United States in the 6th edition of the Cairo biennial, where she won the first prize. She was rewarded with three NEA Art in Public Places awards, an NEA Individual Fellowship grant, a fellowship from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, the 2019 Laguna Art Museum Wendt Artist of the Year Award, and MOCA’s Distinguished Women in the Arts award. Among her recent major exhibitions, she participated in the Light and Space retrospective at Copenhagen Contemporary Denmark (2021); the exhibition Groundswell: Women of Land Art, at the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, Texas, USA (2023); the Art Safiental Biennale in Switzerland in (2018), Desert X in (2017), 20/20 : Accelerando in the USC Fisher Museum of Art, and the Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival of the Getty Museum. Her artworks are held in numerous major collections, including: the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Getty Trust, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the LACMA and the MOCA.

 

Artist’s site: https://www.litaalbuquerque.com/.

 

"I started marking other points of connection from earth to sun or earth to moon or stars and let the pigment blow away with time. What is important to me is the gesture.  The mark making, the concept, the trace, the color, the geometry, the imprint that it leaves in your mind; images that remain in your mind and lodge inside the body as an imprint. That is what I am interested in, what remains…the trace." – Lita Albuquerque 


(interview by Elena Martinique in Widewalls Magazine)

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