Altman Siegel presents Lynn Hershman Leeson at Art Basel OVR:2020

by | Sep 23, 2020 | Blog post

Altman Siegel is thrilled to announce representation of legendary artist and filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson. The gallery’s first presentation of works by the artist will take place online with Art Basel OVR:2020 and will be available to view in person at the gallery. Art Basel OVR:2020 opens on September 25, 2020.

A revolutionary force in both Feminist and New Media art, Hershman Leeson’s groundbreaking work has shaped the discourse around the body and its relationship to technology. Rejecting traditional forms of representation and materials of art making, Hershman Leeson challenges us to consider how technological evolution shapes our understanding of identity and individuality.

In the presentation for Art Basel OVR:2020, Lynn Hershman Leeson applies a 2020 filter to her ever-evolving aesthetic, in this case, new works on paper of masked women, which were made during, and directly reference, the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic. These drawings are new, yet they follow conceptual trajectories clearly defined from the earliest stages of her practice. In these works, Hershman Leeson thematizes the socially relevant development of masks, updating and extending their significance as symbols of an archetype or an avatar. A theme that she has been exploring since 1965. As Hershman Leeson’s work regularly operates in anticipation of social change, rather than as a reaction to it, her work consistently exists as if in a state of sociopolitical and intellectual preparation.

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Image: Lynn Hershman Leeson,Feeling Really Alone, 2020, Watercolor, ink, 18 x 14 in