Lita Albuquerque

Spine of the Earth 2012, view from above, performers resemble a red spine in the fissure of the landscape. Photo: Michael Light

Lita Albuquerque is an internationally-recognized installation and environmental artist, painter and sculptor, and has developed a visual language that conveys the realities of time and space on a human scale. During the 1970s she emerged on the California art scene as part of the Light and Space movement, gaining national attention for her poetic ephemeral pigment installations on mapping, identity, and the cosmos. She was born in Santa Monica, California, and raised in Tunisia, North Africa, Paris, France, as well as in the United States.

Her installation, The Washington Monument Project was featured in the International Sculptural Conference, leading to awards and commissions at major sites around the world, including the Great Pyramids, where she represented the U.S. at the International Cairo Biennale with Sol Star. Albuquerque has completed numerous public projects over the past decade and has been commissioned to work in locations across the U.S. and internationally. In 2006, she installed a large-scale landscape piece in Antarctica, titled Stellar Axis, a star map of blue orbs on the Ross Ice Shelf, combining art and science to examine the possibility of light as a link for human connection with the universe. Her latest work, Spine of the Earth, 2012, a reinterpretation of her 1980 version, was produced by The Getty Museum’s Pacific Standard Time Performance Festival in conjunction with 18th Street Arts Center. Albuquerque’s work questions our identity within the vastness of infinite space, and the possibility of a relationship with the cosmos in today’s urban culture.

Albuquerque’s numerous solo exhibitions include: a career survey at Santa Monica Museum of Art; Mary Ryan Gallery, N.Y.; Dorothy Goldeen Gallery, Santa Monica; Marianne Deson Gallery, Chicago; Diane Brown Gallery, Washington D.C.; Lerner Heller Gallery, N.Y.; Robin Cronin Gallery, Houston; and Akhnaten Galleries, Cairo. Her museum exhibition history includes Hirshhorn Museum,[11] Washington D.C.; San Francisco Museum of Art; Musee d’Art Moderne, Paris; Asahi Shimbun, Tokyo; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi; L.A. County Museum of Art; and Museum of Contemporary Art, L.A.

Lita Albuquerque has also received numerous awards and grants, including being honored by the MOCA los Angeles during their 25th anniversary celebration for her contributions to the museum. She was also a recipient of the National Science Foundation Artist and Writer’s Program Grant in 2006 and was awarded the Califia EcoArt Activist Award in 2010.

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