For more than twenty years, Los Angeles–based artist Laura Owens has pioneered an innovative approach to painting that has made her one of the most influential artists of her generation. Her bold and experimental work challenges traditional assumptions about figuration and abstraction, as well as the relationships among avant-garde art, craft, pop culture, and technology.

This mid-career survey, the most comprehensive of Owens’s work to-date, will feature approximately 60 paintings from the mid-1990s until today. The exhibition will highlight her significant strides over the past few years, showing how the early work sets the stage for gripping new paintings and installations.

This exhibition is organized by Scott Rothkopf, Deputy Director for Programs and Nancy and Steve Crown Family Chief Curator, with Jessica Man, curatorial assistant.



Laura Owens was born in Euclid, Ohio in 1970. She is an American painter who emerged in the late 1990s from the Los Angeles Art Scene. Known for large-scale paintings that combine a variety of art historical references and painterly techniques. In 2013, turned her studio work space into an exhibition space called 356 Mission, in collaboration with art dealer,  Gavin Brown, and Wendy Yao. And soon after, hosting a second location with the art bookstore Ooga Booga in the front of the building. She lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.


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