Rescue by Michelle Stuart




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Book Description

Rescue, 2020
archival pigment print
8.5 x 11 inches


Since the 1970s, Michelle Stuart has been internationally recognized for innovative 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.  

Stuart has been included in documenta 6, Kassel and biennials in both Asia and the Middle East, most recently in the 57th Venice Biennale (2017). Some important exhibitions are: On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2010; Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and Haus der Kunst, Munich, DE, 2012; Alice in Wonderland at Tate Liverpool, UK, 2012; FORTY at MoMA P.S. 1, 2016. Recent important traveling exhibitions include Michelle Stuart: Drawn From Nature in Nottingham, UK, the Parrish Art Museum, Watermill, NY, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 2013–2014; and Apparitions: Frottages and Rubbings from 1860 to Now, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and the Menil Collection, Houston, 2015–2016. Stuart is also included in the exhibition Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women, 1947–2016 at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, Los Angeles, 2016. 

Stuart’s work is in major museum collections, including Dia Art Foundation, New York, The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Santa Barbara Museum of Art; Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Art Institute of Chicago; the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; and internationally at the Haags Gemeentemuseum, Netherlands; Kunstmuseen, Krefeld, DE; Musee d’Art de Toulon, FR; the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; and Tate Modern, London.


Stuart is represented by Galerie Lelong & Co. in New York; Marc Selwyn Fine Art in Los Angeles; and Alison Jacques Gallery in London.