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B L U E W A V E
L u t z B a c h e r
B L U E W A V E L u t z B a c h e r is the final large-scale multimedia installation of Bacher’s forty-year career, produced in the seven month period prior to her death in May, 2019. Moskva (2019), consists of nearly 100 prints, acting as the centerpiece of the exhibition. This unframed work will be installed in the Contemporary Art Center Gallery. Rocket (2016-18), originally commissioned for SITE Santa Fe, will be installed inside the glass wall lobby of the Contemporary Art Center rendering it visible from outside of the building. A two-channel video projection, Blue Wave (2019), will be installed inside the University Art Gallery and a series of short videos Bacher titled Modules (2018-19), will be screened continuously in multiple computer labs throughout UC Irvine’s Art department.
Lutz Bacher (1943-2019), a pseudonym, was an American conceptual, interdisciplinary artist based in Berkeley, CA from the 1970s until 2013, when she relocated to New York. Known for three decades as a “cult” artist of profound influence, she achieved mainstream international acclaim in the final decade of her forty-year career. Her extensive oeuvre spanned image and text, photography, painting, sculpture and video to large-scale multimedia installation. In a mode of cultural anthropology, Bacher’s work is distinguished by its visceral scrutiny of the reoccurring themes of violence, masculinity, memory, sexuality and the body.
Recent solo exhibitions include Galerie Buchholz, Cologne (2019); K21 Ständehaus, Düsseldorf (2019); 80WSE, NY (2018); Galerie Buchholz, Cologne (2018); Lafayette Anticipations - Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette (2018); KADIST, San Francisco (2017); 3320 18th St., San Francisco (2017); Yale Union, Portland (2016); Greene Naftali Garage, Brooklyn (2016); Secession, Vienna (2016); 356 S. Mission, Los Angeles (2016); Greene Naftali, New York (2015); Aspen Art Museum, Colorado (2014); Greene Naftali, New York (2014).
Her work is in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago; The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.