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Thomas Lawson

Lecture Nov. 6 @ 6 pm

The ART Auditorium, UHM

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.

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 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.

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.

Lawson's visit is sponsored by the Student Activity and Program Fee Board, UHM; Waikiki Parc Hotel - Hospitality Sponsor for the Arts at UH Manoa; and the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawai'i & the National Endowment for the Arts.

What is Intersections?

Each academic year, the Intersections Program invites artists and scholars, known locally, nationally, and internationally, in order to enliven and promote the growth of arts appreciation and awareness on O'ahu. Intersections organizes programming that explores the relevance of artistic practice to inspire critical thinking and broaden perspectives on contemporary cultural issues, often as they relate specifically to Hawaii issues

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