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Laura Owens

American, b. 1970

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Laura Owens

American, b. 1970

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Biography

Laura Owens’ paintings, which have run the gamut from abstraction and landscape to figuration, demonstrate a shrewd awareness of form, color, and line. Her work is recognizable from its Pop color palette and deep sense of experimentation. “I often refer to myself as being in perpetual student mode, teaching myself to make the painting I want to make,” Owens has said. Her paintings convey a profound sense of history, recalling figures such as Mary Heilmann and stalwarts of Modernism, but they shy away from grandiloquence. Writing on Owens’ navigation between genres as diverse as folk, conceptual, and classical painting, Paul Schimmel said, “Owens has found a language that questions the nature of painting while embracing its multifarious manifestations.” Likewise, her careful technique is balanced by an ability to express an unburdened, even joyful, sense of experimentation in her canvases.

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Whitney Museum of American Art, and 3 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 6 more
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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Artforum, and 3 more
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Whitney Biennial, and 1 more
Biography

Laura Owens’ paintings, which have run the gamut from abstraction and landscape to figuration, demonstrate a shrewd awareness of form, color, and line. Her work is recognizable from its Pop color palette and deep sense of experimentation. “I often refer to myself as being in perpetual student mode, teaching myself to make the painting I want to make,” Owens has said. Her paintings convey a profound sense of history, recalling figures such as Mary Heilmann and stalwarts of Modernism, but they shy away from grandiloquence. Writing on Owens’ navigation between genres as diverse as folk, conceptual, and classical painting, Paul Schimmel said, “Owens has found a language that questions the nature of painting while embracing its multifarious manifestations.” Likewise, her careful technique is balanced by an ability to express an unburdened, even joyful, sense of experimentation in her canvases.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Whitney Museum of American Art, and 3 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 6 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Whitney Biennial, and 1 more
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Dec 15th, 2017
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In Laura Owens’s New Whitney Show, Painting Is Serious Fun
Nov 7th, 2017
In Laura Owens’s New Whitney Show, Painting Is Serious Fun
My Highlights from the IFPDA Print Fair 2013
Oct 29th, 2013
My Highlights from the IFPDA Print Fair 2013
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