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SELECTED WORKS BY Lucy McKenzie

Depeche Mode Night
Lucy McKenzie
Depeche Mode Night

1999

Acrylic on Found Canvas

160 x 122cm
Lucy McKenzie is young Scottish artist with a growing international following. Developing her own lexicon of passé utopias, McKenzie draws relations between the most unlikely sources: East European propaganda murals, German abstract painting, Cold War iconography, industrialist typeface and 1980’s pop music. From money, pop stars, to Olympians, McKenzie paints fleeting moments of idealism: symbols of transient seduction and power.

In Depeche Mode Night, she paints a concert poster over an ’anonymous’ abstract painting. It’s a haunting reflection of glory days, when culture was a political tool: when painting was Marxist dogma, and songs by a synth-pop band became the anthems for an entire generation caught between anarchy and Thatcherism.
The Danger in Jazz
Lucy McKenzie
The Danger in Jazz

2000

Acrylic on Paper

100 x 155.5cm
Painted in the washed out colours of memory The Danger In Jazz initially seems as threatening as a 1950s musical backdrop. But this is no Fred Astaire gig. Rather it’s taken from a video still of Lionel Ritchie’s performance at the 1984 Olympic Games.

The Danger in Jazz is one of a series of paintings depicting the ceremonies of the 1980 Moscow Olympics (boycotted by the Americans), and the 1984 LA Olympics (boycotted by the Eastern Block). Beneath the pop-gloss nostalgia for the 1980’s lays a subterfuge often omitted: a Cold War battle for ideological supremacy, where pop music and sporting events were staged propaganda.
Olga Korbut
Lucy McKenzie
Olga Korbut

1998

Oil on Canvas

107 x 213.5cm
In her portrait of Olga Korbut, McKenzie captures not the gymnast’s moment of crowning glory (winning three gold medals at the ’72 Olympics) – but rather her crushing parallel bars defeat which won her the hearts of millions. Fragmenting the image to a ’photo-finish’, McKenzie conveys a split second of historical immortalization in a freeze frame as imprecise and intangible as the real memory.
Festival
Lucy McKenzie
Festival

1999



30 x 41cm
Lucy McKenzie’s paintings explore the power of visual language. Drawing influence from Eastern European murals, graphic design logos, architectural motifs and avant-garde painting, her work mirrors these styles as hollow epitaphs of social and political ideology. In Festival, McKenzie’s tiny canvas flourishes with a detached iciness, its once resonant message buried within a richness of painterly application. McKenzie’s precious tones and fussy brushwork appropriates the form of classic design and infuses it with intimate sentiment. Festival feigns a spiritual luminosity of stained glass.
Stadium Towers
Lucy McKenzie
Stadium Towers

2000

Acrylic on Canvas

93 x 123cm
In Stadium Towers, Lucy McKenzie appropriates a poster design for the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games (an apex of Cold War tension). Painted in worn-out tones, McKenzie alludes to a forgotten political history, as well as the failure of 20th century ideological art. Superimposed over the festive logo, McKenzie includes two militaristic towers, threatening violence and oppression. McKenzie often works from politically charged subject matter; through personal negotiation of propaganda and media material she reconstitutes the power of images, converting "once real" fear into the sublime resonance of aesthetics.
Untitled
Lucy McKenzie
Untitled

1999

Acrylic on Canvas

210 x 160cm
Lucy McKenzie’s Untitled reduces the 1980 Moscow Olympic poster design to an abstract motif, a requiem to the power of painting. Bright bands of colour frame a central form of a broken octagram: a damaged symbol of completeness and regeneration. Reminiscent of supremacist painting, Untitled sentimentalises a failed Utopian vision. Whitewashing over her canvas, McKenzie sanitises an awkward history, and references the paintings of Kasimir Malevich, an art at odds with Stalinist policy.
Flood
Lucy McKenzie
Flood

2000

Oil on Canvas

108 x 87cm
They’re Lying on Their C.V.’s
Lucy McKenzie
They’re Lying on Their C.V.’s

2000

Oil on Canvas

119.4 x 180.3 cm






Other artists in
Artists in future exhibitions

Caroline Achaintre    Rebecca Ackroyd    Markus Amm    Helene Appel    Ivan Argote    Dan Attoe    Diann Bauer    Michael Bauer    Dan Bayles    Simon Bedwell    Anna Freeman Bentley    Emilia Bergmark    Katherine Bernhardt    Gabriele Beveridge    Richard Billingham    Alina and Jeff Bliumis    Gabriella Boyd    Matti Braun    Bozidar Brazda    Jonny Briggs    David Brooks    Joey Bryniarska    Agnieszka Brzezanska    Loz Chalk    Ronin Cho    James Clarkson    Lucy Coggle    Andy Collins    Inez de Coo    Jessica Craig-Martin    Ana Cvorovic    Ian Davis    Nicholas Dedics    Tomory Dodge    Robert Dowling    Stef Driesen    Howard Dyke    Ara Dymond    Judith Eisler    Annabel Emson    Carlos Noronha Feio    Dee Ferris    Luc Fuller    Michael Fullerton    Dmitri Galitzine    Julia Goldman    Hilary Harnischfeger    Chris Hawtin    Kati Heck    David Herbert    Patrick Hill    Dan Holdsworth    Phillipa Horan    Shara Hughes    David Humphrey    Elliot Hundley    Tom Hunter    Jessica Jackson Hutchins    Merlin James    Tillman Kaiser    Alice Könitz    Terence Koh    John Korner    Ulrich Lamsfuss    Liane Lang    Molly Larkey    Paul Lee    Andrea Lehmann    Juliette Losq    Christina Mackie    Jill Mason    Claire McArdle    Ella McCartney    Lucy McKenzie    Jill McKnight    Martin McMurray    Turay Mederic    Robert Melee    Ian Monroe    Kristine Moran    Eduard Moreno    Yasumasa Morimura    Luisa Mota    Nick Nowicki    Matt O'dell    Marco Palmieri    Selma Parlour    Oliver Perkins    Marius Pfannenstiel    Alejandra Prieto    Arthur Prior    Max Prus    R.H. Quaytman    Neil Raitt    Sean Raspet    Brian Reed    Halsey Rodman    Florian Roithmayr    Ruth Root    Stefan Sandner    Hideyuki Sawayanagi    Amba Sayal-Bennett    Anne Kathrin Schuhmann    Michael Schultz    Macrae Semans    Conrad Shawcross    Jamie Shovlin    Agathe Snow    Martina Steckholzer    Jack Strange    Miriam Sweeney    Emma Talbot    Mateo Tannatt    Stephanie Taylor    Adam Thompson    Rafal Topolewski    Ryan Trecartin    Caroline Walker    Ben Washington    Chuck Webster    Aaron Wexler    Poppy Whatmore    Julia Whiting    Jenny Wiener    Susanne M. Winterling    Saskia Olde Wolbers     Yeesookyung    Haeri Yoo

Lucy McKenzie's BIOGRAPHY

Born in 1977, Glasgow, Scotland
Lives and works in Brussels, Belgium



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2010
Slender Means, Galerie Daniel Buchholz , Cologne

2009
Lucy Mckenzie, Museum Ludwig, Cologne

2008
Projects 88: Lucy Mckenzie, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA

2007
New Work: Lucy McKenzie, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
Lucy McKenzie, Ten Years Of Robotic Mayhem (including sublet) Arnolfini, Bristol
Lucy McKenzie, The Gallery at Norwich University, Norwich, England

2006
Lucy McKenzie, Ten Years Of Robotic Mayhem, Talbot Rice gallery, University Of Edinburgh, Old College, Edinburgh, Scotland

2005
Lucy McKenzie - Smersh - Metro Pictures Gallery, New York City, NY

2004
Lucy McKenzie - Galerie Daniel Buchholz - Köln, Cologne
Momentum 2 / Lucy McKenzie - ICA - Institute of Contemporary ArtBoston, Boston, MA
Journal # 5 Lucy McKenzie – Deathwatch - Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven

2003
Art Now - Lucy McKenzie - Tate Britain, London (England)
Lucy McKenzie - Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen

2002
Lucy McKenzie "If it Moves, Kiss it" - Galerie Christian Nagel - Berlin, Berlin

2001
Lucy McKenzie - Galerie Daniel Buchholz - Köln, Cologne


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2011
Compass - Drawings from the Museum of Modern Art New York - Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin~

2010
Disclosure - Temporary Gallery Cologne, Cologne
Neugierig? Kunst des 21. Jahrhunderts aus privaten Sammlungen - Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn

2009
Schere - Stein - Papier - Kunsthaus Graz, Graz
QuodlibetII - Galerie Daniel Buchholz - Köln, Cologne
Compass in Hand: Selections from The Judith Rothschild
Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
The Associates - Visual Research Centre, Dundee (Scotland)
Privat - Wuppertaler Sammler der Gegenwart - Von der Heydt Museum, Wuppertal
Apres Crepuscule - Na Schemering - After Twighlight - Nach Dämmerung - Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne

2008
...In The Cherished Company of Others...(1648-2036) - De Appel, Amsterdam
Tell Tchaikovsky the news - Standard (Oslo), Oslo
Blasted Allegories - Werke aus der Sammlung Ringier - Kunstmuseum Luzern, Luzern
Pop Goes The Weasel, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe

2007
Lucy Mckenzie, Thomas lerooy, Be-Part, Platfrom voor actuele kunst, Waregem
Accumulations - ICA - Institute of Contemporary ArtBoston, Boston, MA
Concrete Works - Mitchell-Innes & Nash - West Street, New York City, NY
Make Your Own Life: Artists In and Out of Cologne - Museum of Contemporary Art - North Miami (MOCA), Miami, FL
Noël sur le balcon / HOLD THE COLOUR - Sammlung Goetz, Munich
Make Your Own Life - Artists in & out of Cologne - Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA

2006
No 2, Galerie Kunstbuero, Vienna
Make Your Own Life - Artists In & Out of Cologne - The Power Plant, Toronto, ON
Gruppenausstellund - hot spring ... in Autumn - Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna
Next to kin - Galerie Daniel Buchholz - Köln, Cologne
Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Köln, at Metro Pictures - Metro Pictures Gallery, New York City, NY
Triumph Of Painting, Part 5, The Saatchi gallery, London, England
Make Your Own Life, Artists In And Out Of Cologne, ICA, Institute of Contemporary Art - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Optik Schröder - Werke aus der Sammlung Alexander Schröder - Kunstverein Braunschweig e.V., Braunschweig
Tate Triennial 2006 - New British Art - Tate Triennial, London (England)
Painting in Tongues, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles, CA
Slow Burn, MITTERRAND+CRAMER/FINE ART/GENEVE, Geneva
The Triumph Of Painting, from The Saatchi Galelry, London, Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds

2005
Painters Without Paintings and Paintings Without Painters, Orchard 47, New York City, NY
Radiodays, Bandes Originales, De Appel, Amsterdam
Group Show, Metro Pictures Gallery, New York City, NY

2004
I Feel Mysterious Today, The Palm Beach Institute Of Contemporary Art, Lake Worth, FL
The Undiscovered Country, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Quodlibet, Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Köln, Cologne
6. Werkleitz Biennale - Common Property / Allgemeingut - Werkleitz Biennale, Halle
Sans Soleil - Galerie NEU, Berlin

2003
Unbekannte Schwester, Unbekannter Bruder I - Kunsthaus Dresden, Dresden
KONTEXT, FORM, TROJA - Wiener Secession, Vienna
I and my Chimney - Galerie Daniel Buchholz - Köln, Cologne
25th International Biennial of Graphic Arts - Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana
50th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale / Biennale di Venezia - La Biennale di Venezia, Venice

2002
Nach Der Wirklichkeit III, Painting On The Move, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel

2001
Lucy McKenzie and Paulina Olowska - Heavy Duty - Inverleith House, Edinburgh
Painting at the Edge of the World - Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN

2000
Salon - Delfina, London
Alan Michael, Keith Farquhar and Lucy Mckenzie, Els Hanappe Underground, Athens
Malerei VI, Monika Sprüth Philomene Magers, Cologne

1999
EAST International 1999 - The Gallery at Norwich University , Norwich
Hot In The City - Collective Gallery, Edinburgh