Lifelike explores a wide variety of artworks through a playful lens, focusing on everyday objects and situations.
This exhibition ties the familiar to the phenomenal through the meticulous detail, grand scale, and unusual materials used in the work of an international group of 55 artists from the late 1960s to now, artists like: Vija Celmins, Keith Edmier, Fischli and Weiss, Robert Gober, Alex Hay, Kaz Oshiro, Charles Ray, Andy Warhol, and Ai Weiwei.
The work escapes the bind of brands that infiltrated the 1960s Pop and slick urban movements for a sleeker, more every day feel with items often taken for granted: a kitchen, an elevator, an afternoon nap, a paper bag, an eraser.
Through carefully constructed sculptures, photography, drawings and video, Lifelike presents a manufactured “authenticity,” transforming the ordinary into something intriguing, loaded with narrative and metaphor, and imbued with an arresting sense of humanity.
So, is it real?
Tickets for this special exhibition are included with General Admission and available at a special discounted rate during the Museum’s Free Wednesdays 3-9pm and First Fridays 6-10pm.
Special Discounted Rate: Adults $5, Youth (6-17) $3, Free for Children (Under 6), and Free for Museum Members.
Left: Matt Johnson, American Spirit, 2010. Paper, plastic, foam, paint, magnets; ed. 3/3. 1 x 3-1/2 x 2-1/4 in. object. 36-1/2 x 18-1/2 x 18-1/2 in. pedestal. Courtesy the artist and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles. Right: Keith Edmier, Bremen Towne (detail), 2006-2007. Building materials, reproduction and vintage fabrics, furnishings, fixtures and finishes dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York
Lifelike is organized by the Walker Art Center and made possible by generous support from John L. Thomson and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.