Stephen Laub

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Stephen Laub
Born1945
NationalityAmerican
OccupationArtist, Professor
Known forContemporary artist associated with the Conceptual Art movement in California in the 1970s.

Stephen Laub (born 1945) is an American artist who works in performance, video, and sculpture.

Education[edit]

Laub received both his undergraduate and master's degrees at the University of California, Berkeley studying under artists such as Peter Voulkos, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Mark di Suvero, William T. Wiley, and Jim Melchert.[1] At Berkeley, he studied painting with David Hockney. As a student, he was associated with Bay Area artists Theresa Hak Kyung Cha,[2][3] Terry Fox, Howard Fried, and Paul Kos.[4][5][6] Between 1964 and 1966, he studied performance with Étienne Decroux in Paris.[citation needed]

Performance[edit]

In Laub's early performance work such as Relations (1970) the artist used projections and mirrors to insert himself into a historical photograph, merging his gestures and features with that of the person depicted. Other performances include Constellations (1975), a series commissioned by 112 Greene Street, NY.[7]

In the 1970s, Laub performed at venues such as the Museum of Modern Art,[8] the Whitney Museum of American Art, White Columns,[9] The Kitchen, the Museum of Conceptual Art, and the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art.[10][11] Series such as Bodies of Water (1970–73) have been documented in art publications such as Avalanche [12] and WET: The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing.[13]

Video[edit]

In the 1980s Laub began making video works also using the techniques of projection. Some had political overtones, such as White Food (1980) in which A U.S. Navy film about a battle in Vietnam is projected onto a series of white foods that make up a complete meal. The camera pans each course of the meal to reveal stages of the developing battle, from the hors d'oeuvres, progressing through the entree, and concluding with the dessert.[14][15] White Food was exhibited at the 1984 Venice Biennale.

Laub's video work is included in the permanent collections of several major museums in the United States, including The Museum of Modern Art,[16] The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art,[17] The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive,[18] and the Addison Gallery of American Art.[19]

Sculpture[edit]

In the 1980s, Laub began making sculpture and was represented by Koury Wingate Gallery in New York.[20] His works in series such as Gold (1987-1989) and Silver (1989-1991) used wood coated in gold and silver leaf to create icons of common objects which framed historical photos, giving the object a new politically-charged meaning.[21] His sculptures have been shown in the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Akron Art Museum, the Parrish Art Museum,[22] The Guild Hall of East Hampton, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, among others.[23] Laub's sculptures are in the permanent collection of the Yale University Art Gallery[24][25][26]

Context[edit]

Laub's work is considered important in the Conceptual Art movement in California in the 1970s, alongside figures such as Chris Burden, John Baldessari, Edward Ruscha, Terry Fox, Paul Kos, Lynn Hershman, Bruce Nauman, Howard Fried, Tom Marioni, Allan Kaprow,and Theresa Hak Kyung Cha.[27][28][29][30][31][32][33] He has exhibited in Europe since the 1970's, where his work has been associated with Actionism in its use of performance, social critique, and address of themes such as war and historical memory.[34][35][36][37][38]

Personal life[edit]

Until 2018, Laub was a Professor of Arts, Culture, and Media at Rutgers University–Newark.[39]

Laub is married to visual artist Claire Watson and lives in Water Mill, NY.[40][41]

Public Collections[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lewallen, Constance and Moss, Karen. State of Mind: New California Art circa 1970. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011. Page 88.
  2. ^ "CONSTANCE LEWALLEN with Phong Bui". The Brooklyn Rail. Retrieved 2016-02-11.
  3. ^ Lewallen, Constance; Rinder, Lawrence; Trinh, Thi Minh-Ha (2001). The Dream of the Audience: Theresa Hak Kyung Cha (1951-1982). Berkeley, California: University of California Press. p. 7.
  4. ^ https://brooklynrail.org/2017/11/editorsmessage/Bay-Watch-A-Snapshot-of-the-Visual-Arts-in-the-Bay-Area
  5. ^ Eds. Loeffler, Carl E. and Tong, Darlene. Performance Anthology: Source Book of California Performance Art. San Francisco: Contemporary Arts Press, 1989. Page 139.
  6. ^ Lewallen, Constance (2013-09-11). "The Eighties in 1970". Art Practical. Retrieved 2016-02-11.
  7. ^ https://www.whitecolumns.org/archive/index.php/Detail/Object/Show/object_id/449
  8. ^ Eds. Loeffler, Carl E. and Tong, Darlene. Performance Anthology: Source Book of California Performance Art. San Francisco: Contemporary Arts Press, 1989. Page 319.
  9. ^ https://www.whitecolumns.org/archive/index.php/Detail/Occurrence/Show/occurrence_id/134
  10. ^ Eds. Loeffler, Carl E. and Tong, Darlene. Performance Anthology: Source Book of California Performance Art. San Francisco: Contemporary Arts Press, 1989. Page 263.
  11. ^ "VHS Kunststation : Ausstellung" (PDF). Kleinsassen.de. Retrieved 2016-02-11.
  12. ^ "Stephen Laub | Avalanche Magazine Index". Avalancheindex.org. 1974-12-10. Retrieved 2016-02-11.
  13. ^ "Leonard Koren Interview: Making WET | AGITPROP". Agitpropspace.org. 2011-12-18. Retrieved 2016-02-11.
  14. ^ a b http://stephenlaub.net/PERFORMANCES.html
  15. ^ a b https://www.moma.org/collection/works/118247
  16. ^ "Stephen Laub". MoMA. 2010-02-22. Retrieved 2016-02-11.
  17. ^ a b "Stephen Laub · SFMOMA". Sfmoma.org. Retrieved 2016-02-11.
  18. ^ a b https://webapps.cspace.berkeley.edu/bampfa/search/search/?artistcalc=Laub,%20Stephen&artistcalc_qualifier=keyword&displayType=grid&maxresults=50&start=1
  19. ^ a b http://accessaddison.andover.edu/PRT0*?rec=2&sid=1553&x=11253704
  20. ^ Roberta Smith (1988-03-25). "Review/Art - Condo Creates a Future With Layers of Nostalgia". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2016-02-11.
  21. ^ Hagen, Charles (1988). "Charles Hagen on Stephen Laub". Artforum (Summer 1988).
  22. ^ http://artists.parrishart.org/index.php/Detail/Entity/Show/entity_id/869
  23. ^ Ed. Day, Holliday T. Power: Its Myths and Mores in American art, 1961-1991. Indianapolis: Indianapolis Museum of Art, 1991. Pages 59-61.
  24. ^ a b https://artgallery.yale.edu/collections/objects/219198
  25. ^ a b https://artgallery.yale.edu/collections/objects/219200
  26. ^ a b https://artgallery.yale.edu/collections/objects/219847
  27. ^ Eds. Marcus, George E. and Myers, Fred R. The Traffic in Culture: Refiguring Art and Anthropology. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1995. Page 201.
  28. ^ Eds. Loeffler, Carl E. and Tong, Darlene. Performance Anthology: Source Book of California Performance Art. San Francisco: Contemporary Arts Press, 1989. Pages 139; 181.
  29. ^ Lewallen, Constance and Moss, Karen. State of Mind: New California Art circa 1970. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011. Page 2.
  30. ^ Eds. Loeffler, Carl E. and Tong, Darlene. Performance Anthology: Source Book of California Performance Art. San Francisco: Contemporary Arts Press, 1989. Page 99.
  31. ^ Ed. Day, Holliday T. Power: Its Myths and Mores in American art, 1961-1991. Indianapolis: Indianapolis Museum of Art, 1991. Page 20.
  32. ^ Ed. Schimmel, Paul and Mark, Lisa G. Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-1981. Prestel Publishing, 2011. Pages 25, 274-277, 280.
  33. ^ https://calisphere.org/item/e0e7d71bdcb9e2a94f4a4de1c193c48b/
  34. ^ "Art and Destruction Since 1950 / Damage Control. Body Art and Destruction 1968-1972: Im Sog der Zerstörung". Artmagazine.cc. Retrieved 2016-02-11.
  35. ^ ""Damage Control" at Kunsthaus and BRUSEUM, Graz / MOUSSE CONTEMPORARY ART MAGAZINE". Moussemagazine.it. 2015-02-15. Retrieved 2016-02-11.
  36. ^ "Der Löwe : Aktionismus". Specific Object. Retrieved 2016-02-11.
  37. ^ https://www.art-in.de/incmu2.php?id=4416
  38. ^ http://www.artmagazine.cc/content74797.html
  39. ^ "Stephen Laub - ACM". Acm.newark.rutgers.edu. Retrieved 2016-02-11.
  40. ^ Lewallen, Constance and Moss, Karen. State of Mind: New California Art circa 1970. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011. Page 260.
  41. ^ http://www.clairewatson.net/about
  42. ^ https://www.mfah.org/art/search?q=stephen+laub&sort=relevance&artist=Stephen+Laub

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