St. Louis

Lutz Bacher, Crash, 2008, vinyl, 12 x 32'.

Lutz Bacher, Crash, 2008, vinyl, 12 x 32'.

St. Louis

Lutz Bacher

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
3750 Washington Blvd.
September 12, 2008–January 4, 2009

Curated by Anthony Huberman

Women artists of the ’70s—the topic is white-hot. Suddenly everyone is receptive. Many once-neglected female artists who emerged in that decade are now beginning to receive wider recognition and even, as in the case of Lutz Bacher, their first-ever solo exhibitions in major museums. Working in California in the mid-’70s and in New York (in affiliation with Pat Hearn Gallery) in the ’80s and ’90s, the intentionally elusive Bacher has long enjoyed a “cult” following. Her work resists easy categorization—she is not strictly a photographer, installation artist, videographer, painter, or appropriationist per se—but her approach is consistently conceptual. Shifting stylistic strategies underwrite her critical engagement with politics and contribute to a sense of interruption—we always only have partial views of her chameleon practice. This exhibition aims to emend that with a site-specific installation of ten new works, as well as a rotating display of older pieces.