Thomas Lawson, Artist in Residence

Thomas Lawson
In Residence: November 6-8 / Lecture: Wednesday, November 6, 6pm ART auditorium
Thomas Lawson is an artist and writer. Currently Dean of the School of Art at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), he was part of the 1980s Pictures generation in New York. His essay, Last Exit: Painting, published in Artforum in 1981, ushered in a renewed approach to painting in the media age. He has since been an influential champion of the continued importance of painting as a “deconstructive tool designed to undermine the certainty of appearances.” His recent paintings use the figure in allegorical meditations on the contemporary experience of presence.

He has exhibited at Metro Pictures in New York, Anthony Reynolds in London, and LAXART in Los Angeles. He recently participated in UCLA Hammer Museum’s Made in LA, and surveys of his work have been organized by the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art at La Jolla, the CCA in Glasgow and the Battersea Arts Centre in London.

Between 2001 and 2009 he was co-editor of Afterall, a journal of contemporary art based in both London and Los Angeles. Since 2009 he has been editor in chief of East of Borneo, an online art magazine and collaborative archive based in Los Angeles. He has also curated various exhibitions of younger artists for such venues as Artists Space and P.S.1 in New York and the Municipal Art Gallery in Los Angeles, and was a co-selector of the British Art Show in 1995. In addition to a Guggenheim Fellowship he has received three Artist Fellowships from the NEA, project support from Art Matters, Inc., and Visual Arts Projects, and a residency fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation and the Ucross Foundation. He lives and works in Los Angeles.