Maya Lin

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There’s been a lot of hand-wringing of late about whether artists and the creative class can do more to combat the growing threats to democracy, the environment, and even our physical bodies. The work is never over, but I found a welcome moment of encouragement while reviewing the artist interviews ArtSlant published in 2016. Clicking through the archive I was motivated by the diverse cross-section of artists grappling with some of the most pressing issues of our time. In 2016, artists... [more]
Her mother taught Literature and Maya Lin often finds inspiration in poetry, the cadences of her childhood echoing throughout an enviable career that has spanned genres and generations. It seems only fitting, then, that a hefty Rizzoli retrospective of Lin’s work, out last October, unfolds less like a picture book and more like a literary text, with sketches, marginal notes, hand-written narratives, and critical essays coiling into a complex narrative.  It is hard to overstate Lin’s cultural... [more]
Maya Lin's Conceptual Nature   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Maya Lin at The Arts Club of Chicago February 1st, 2010 - April 23rd, 2010
Posted 3/15/10
  With all due respect to it, conceptual art isn’t something I'm crazy about and that's why I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Maya Lin's exhibition at the Arts Club of Chicago, on view until April 23, 2010. Lin, an American artist and architect who explores landscape and geological phenomena, creates uncanny replicas of commonly known locations, such as Blue Lake Pass, wooden rock-like formations that recreate the Rocky Mountain pass. Although her art seems cool and impersonal upon... [more]
Urban Woods   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Maya Lin at Pace Gallery 508 W. 25th September 10th, 2009 - October 24th, 2009
Posted 9/12/09
    In contradiction to the exhibitions at X Initiative, across the street is Maya Lin’s latest grand installation, Three Ways of Looking at the Earth. While not typically a diehard fan, I have to admit I was seduced. Leaving the X space on 22nd Street, I could see one of Lin’s large, minimal landscape sculptures through the massive windowed walls of Pace Wildenstein.  I was compelled to go in. Launched into the public eye after submitting the winning design for the controversial Vietnam... [more]
Where the Land Meets the Sea   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Maya Lin at de Young Museum October 25th, 2008 - January 18th, 2009
Posted 11/16/08
The unclad, expansive elegance of Maya Lin’s angled in at me on the narrow gallery approach, her work spare but magnetic. Obediently, I ratcheted my head back to the introductory video sequence, jolted into humility just minutes ago upon learning a colleague of mine, Tyler Potts (DU BFA 2002), created this logically laid, constant fade of images for the PBS series art:21. This instantly lent a shade of kinship to my rapport with the exhibition and further drove me to drink it in.... [more]
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