Steve Turner Contemporary is pleased to present Out of Context, a solo exhibition by Berlin-based artist Maria Anwander whose work explores the role that institutions play in the art world. Her latest works deal with issues of collecting, ownership, and authorship in connection to local museums, especially the Los Angeles County Museum of Art which is located directly across the street from the gallery. There is a facsimile LACMA banner on the exterior of Steve Turner Contemporary; some altered photographs of VIP guests at a past LACMA gala where the VIPs were photographed against a backdrop that showed the logos of sponsors (the VIP has been erased so only his/her outline remains); and a photograph that relates to her ongoing series, My Most Favorite Art, in which Anwander steals wall labels from museums. There also is a video and a photograph that result from an intervention where Anwander surreptitiously added her name to the plaque at LACMA that acknowledges large donors. Lastly she has presented a group of spreads from Flash Art Magazine that featured articles about the Los Angeles art scene where Anwander erased all of the images and left intact the text together with the erasure dust.
Maria Anwander (born Bregenz, Austria, 1980) studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna (2008). Her work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Europe and the United States since 2009, with this her first solo exhibition at Steve Turner. She lives and works in Berlin.