Lost Line: Contemporary Art from the Collection
Culling from LACMA’s permanent collection, the exhibition takes as its starting point Gabriel Orozco’s sculpture Lost Line (1993-1996). Orozco describes the piece as “the opposite of a static monument,” in effect a “sculpture as a body in motion.”
Lost Line uses Orozco’s fragile and mutable form as premise to bring together works from the collection, including large-scale sculpture and painting installations, film, photography, and works on paper. The works gathered in the exhibition reflect a shared desire to complicate typical representations of landscape, the built environment, and the monumental.
Artists include Uta Barth Ingrid Calame, Lecia Dole-Recio, Shannon Ebner, Harold Edgerton, Llyn Foulkes, Mark Flores, Buckminster Fuller, Mark Hagen, Alfred Jensen, Barbara Kasten, Jim Lambie, David Lamelas, Steve McQueen, Yunhee Min, Ruben Ochoa, Claes Oldenburg, Dennis Oppenheim, Gabriel Orozco, Sheila Pinkel, Ed Ruscha, Analia Saban, David Benjamin Sherry, Erin Shirreff, Robert Smithson, Frances Stark, Koen van den Broek, and James Welling.
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Image: Gabriel Orozco, Lost Line, 1993-1996, sculpture, plasticine and cotton string, 19 in. Gift of the Peter Norton Family Foundation, Contemporary Art Department.
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