Lutz Bacher (born 1943) is an artist closely associated with Berkeley, California since the 1970s, and who now lives and works in New York City. The name Lutz Bacher is a pseudonym, and the artist does not publicly reveal a former name. She was once considered a figure with "cult" status—known for being "legendary but elusive" in the California art scene. Since the early 2000s, her work has increasingly gained mainstream recognition.
Bacher's body of work has been described as "eclectic," "rough, open-ended," and "disturbing." It consists of works in a variety of formats, including videotapes, photographs, and other mixed media. Many of these works incorporate elements from popular culture, personal artifacts, and found objects, and address questions of identity as expressed through sexuality and the human body.
Over a 40-year career, Bacher has exhibited work in numerous solo and group shows around the world, including museums and galleries in her native San Francisco Bay area such as the Berkeley Art Museum and the Ratio 3 gallery in San Francisco. Recent museum solo exhibitions of her work have taken place at: Secession, Vienna (2016); Aspen Art Museum, Colorado (2014); National Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen (2014); and Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis (2008). In 2009, her multimedia works were featured in "MY SECRET LIFE", a retrospective, and her first museum survey exhibition, at MoMA PS1 in New York City.
Bacher was the focus of three European exhibitions in 2013: one at Portikus in Frankfurt, Germany; one at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, UK; and the third at Kunsthalle Zürich in Zürich, Switzerland. Those three institutions published an artist book presenting Bacher's complete oeuvre.
Lutz Bacher's work is included in the following collections:
- Museum of Modern Art, New York
- Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
- UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley
- Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
- San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
- Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
- Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
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