Maya Lin

Recent Work
October 14 - November 27, 1999

Maya Lin - Recent Work

Reception for the Artist Thursday, October 14, 6-8 pm

The Gagosian Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of recent sculptural works by Maya Lin. The exhibition will feature two monumental works, Avalanche, a 10 foot high cascade of glass particles, and Untitled (Topographic Landscape), a carved model of undulating terrain that measures 16 x 18 feet. The exhibition will also include more intimate objects made of beeswax, a favorite material of the artist. Among these are a suite of superbly modeled oval discs representing phases of the moon and a group of free standing Crater panels made of poured wax and embedded with crushed glass.

In all aspects of her work, Maya Lin expresses her intense relationship to the natural landscape, organic materials, and nature's elements. Also prevalent in Lin's work are the themes of memory and the passage of time which she explores through contrasts of light and dark, undulating forms of water or earth, and the luminosity and reflectivity of wax and glass. In all of Lin's work, her ultimate concern, which she treats with the greatest tenderness and clarity, is the presence of man and matter existing within the mystery and forces of temporal being.

Avalanche and Untitled (Topographic Landscape) were most recently seen in the exhibition, Maya Lin: Topologies, which originated at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art and traveled to the Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, The Grey Art Gallery at New York University, the Des Moines Art Center, and the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston.

Maya Lin has recently undertaken several major public sculpture commissions including projects for Stanford University and the American Express headquarters in Minneapolis. Perhaps best known for her design of the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial in Washington D.C., her latest architectural and design work includes the Museum for African Art in New York City and the Langston Hughes Library in Clinton, Tennessee. She has completed numerous other private residences and public projects throughout the country, as well as creating a collection of furniture for Knoll International.

For more information about the exhibition please call Robert Shapazian at Gagosian Gallery in Los Angeles.