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In 1996 Liza Lou became an immediate art world fixture for her millions-of-beads approach to the suburban kitchen. She proceeded to hand-bead her way through all kinds of Americana, including a six-pack of Bud and a few presidential portraits.
In short order she won a MacArthur (the "genius grant"), moved to South Africa and didn't show in New York for six years. Now her latest installation, Maximum Security Fence, is drawing maximum criticism. Charlie Finch at artnet called it derivative, soul-less and a "politically correct commodity."
Lou drew similar criticism for the San Quentin-like jail cells she showed in London two years ago. One critic also questioned how she treated her assistants, who weren't allowed to talk during the creation of one of the cells -- not at all how W describes her singing, dancing Durban studio.
Maximum Security Fence is priced at $1 million and will be on display at Lever House (390 Park Ave. at 53rd) until November 29. The installation coincides with an exhibition of Lou's recent work at L&M Arts, which will run through November 15.
Pictures don't do the work justice but check out the gallery for examples of Lou's work over the years.
Gallery: Work by Liza Lou