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Michelle Stuart (b. 1933, Los Angeles, California) lives and works in New York, Amagansett and Carpinteria, California. Since the 1970s, Stuart has been internationally recognized for pioneering works that synthesize Land Art, drawing, and sculpture. Stuart’s original approach to material and process has seen her create large-scale site-specific works in the landscape, sculptural installations incorporating objects, drawings, and audio-visual elements, as well as photographs, drawings and sculptures that bring the material of landscape – earth and rock – into the gallery. Photography, which has been present in her work both literally and conceptually since that time, has been her primary medium since 2009. In her recent work, Stuart uses the vast archive of analog and digital photographs that she has taken and collected for almost half a century, activating their aesthetic potential by re-contextualizing them in groups, and often altering them to weave personal stories. These dreamlike recollections of her past not only continue her life-long artistic engagement with specific locations but affirm the significance of place as a unique source of memory.
Recent solo museum exhibitions include The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, Djanogly Art Gallery, Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham, UK, Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, NY, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, CA. Recent group exhibitions include: MoMA P.S. 1, Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, Los Angeles, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and Haus der Kunst, Munich.
Major museum acquisitions include Tate, London; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Menil Collection, Houston; Dia Art Foundation, New York, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Santa Barbara Museum of Art; Art Institute of Chicago; and The Centre Pompidou, Paris.
Monographs include Michelle Stuart: Drawn from Nature, by Anna Lovatt (Hatje Cantz: 2013) and Michelle Stuart: Sculptural Objects Journeys In & Out of the Studio, (Charta: 2010), featuring an essay by Lucy Lippard.