The Vera List Center for Art and Politics and SculptureCenter present Subjective Histories of Sculpture. This year, Lucy Skaer, Nairy Baghramian, and Josephine Meckseper have been invited to present their takes on art history. Citing bodies of work, specific works, texts, and personal anecdotes taken from both inside and outside the world of cultural production and art, these subjective, incomplete, eclectic histories challenge assumptions and propose new ways to understand sculpture's evolving strategies.
Lucy Skaer is an artist working in sculpture, photography, installation, printmaking, and film who displaces the familiar by manipulating scale and material. Her works embrace multiplicity and abstraction while questioning day-to-day perceptions and assumptions about the world. Through transformations of artifacts and architectural elements, Skaer’s work re-imagines and rematerializes history, disorienting the viewer and calling into question the reliability of memory and history itself. Skaer’s sculpture and works on paper create a linguistic system that merges subject and object, favoring open-ended gestures over specific references.
Born in Cambridge, England, in 1975, Skaer lives in New York. She studied at the Glasgow School of Art and has had solo exhibitions at Murray Guy, New York; the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh; Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland; and Chisenhale Gallery, London. Skaer’s work has been included in numerous international exhibitions, including the 52nd Venice Biennale, the 5th Berlin Biennale; it has also been displayed in recent group exhibitions at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; and K21 Düsseldorf. Skaer was a Turner Prize finalist in 2009 and is represented by Galerie Nelson-Freeman, in Paris, and York.
Lucy Skaer, The Good Ship Blank and Ballast, 2010. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Matt Carter.