earned her BFA cum laude from UCLA. Her many grants and awards include four from the NEA, the Cairo Biennale Prize, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship in the Visual Arts (Perugia, Italy), a City of Los Angeles Artist Fellowship Award, The Fresno Art Museum Council’s Distinguished Woman Artist Award, as well as being the recipient of the prestigious National Science Foundation Artist and Writer’s Grant among others. Albuquerque has had many solo and group museum exhibitions, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Santa Monica Museum of Art, the University of Judaism, Los Angeles, Cal State Fullerton Main Art Gallery, the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University and the Fresno Museum of Art. Her work is in the collections of many major museums, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of Art. Albuquerque is represented by Mary Ryan Gallery, New York, Arushi Arts, New Delhi, India, Hentschel Art Gallery, Des Moines and Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna, California. (www.litaalbuquerque.com)
To say that Lita Albuquerque is a well-known, globe-trotting, multi-media artist with a wide-ranging artistic iconography is an understatement. Probably best known for her outdoor site-specific works, like “Stellar Axis: Antarctica,” where she placed 99 brilliant-blue orbs in a celestial pattern near the South Pole, or the red pyramid dug into the earth to echo the shadow of the Washington Monument, Albuquerque also makes eerily beautiful works on paper and canvas, as well as sculptures in a variety of nontraditional materials. Nectar is a perfect example of this: an intricate, cast-resin, larger-than-life bee rests on a thick slab of glass next to a small, delicate glass ball filled with dark, warm honey. A layer of 23-karat gold applied to the underside of the glass base makes the entire sculpture glow from the inside. A beautiful, hand-made wooden box protects the sculpture with the lid acting as an optional base.
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