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Emil Lukas

interior of the artist's studio with many spools of colorful thread mounted on a support post

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1964, Emil Lukas has exhibited throughout the United States and abroad. Solo museum shows include “Emil Lukas: Connection to the Curious” at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, CT (2005); “Emil Lukas” at The Weatherspoon Museum, Greensboro, NC (2005); “Things with Wings,” The Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA (2005); and “Moderate Climate and the Bitter Bison” at the Hunterdon Museum, Hunterdon, NJ (2008). In 2016, a solo exhibition of his work was held at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA. Lukas’ work has been featured in group shows at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1995), Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto (1996); Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (1998); Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City (1999); American Academy, Rome (2000); The Drawing Center, New York (2002); and SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah (2012-2013). His work is in important private and public collections, including the Panza Collection, Italy; the Dakis Joannou Collection, Greece; the Anderson Collection, Stanford University, California; Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, California; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California; the UBS Art Collection; and Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina.

 

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Emil Lukas

Emil Lukas
East Calm, 2014
thread over painted wood frame with nails
64 x 52 inches (162,5 x 132 cm)
SW 14084
Private Collection

 

Emil Lukas
West Calm, 2014
thread over painted wood frame with nails
64 x 52 inches (162,5 x 132 cm)
SW 14085
Private Collection

Emil Lukas

Emil Lukas
Silk, Gold, Heat, 2013
silk and metallic polyester gold thread over painted wood frame with nails
18 1/2 x 16 1/2 x 2 5/8  inches (47 x 42 x 6,7 cm)
SW 13168
Private Collection

Emil Lukas

Emil Lukas
Liquid Silk Light, 2012
silk thread over wood frame with nails
19 x 17 x 3 3/8 inches (48,3 x 43,2 x 8,6 cm)
SW 12114
Private Collection

Emil Lukas

Emil Lukas
Floating Droplet, 2012
silk thread over wood frame with nails
64 1/2 x 81 x 3 inches (163,8 x 205,7 x 7,6 cm)
SW 12117
Collection of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas

Emil Lukas

Emil Lukas
Zegna Silk Hum #1171, 2012
silk thread over wood frame with paint and nails; triptych
32 x 24 x 3 inches (81 x 61 x 7 cm) each panel
32 x 78 inches (81 x 198 cm) overall
SW 12008a-c
Emil Lukas for ZegnArt

Emil Lukas

Emil Lukas
Liquid Reflector 1, 2013
ink and paint on canvas over wood frame
48 x 40 x 1 ¾ inches (121,9 x 101,6 x 4,4 cm)
SW 14003a

Emil Lukas

Emil Lukas
Liquid Reflector 2, 2013
ink and paint on canvas over wood frame
48 x 40 x 1 ¾ inches (121,9 x 101,6 x 4,4 cm)
SW 14003b

Emil Lukas

Emil Lukas
Cloud, 2013
ink and paint on canvas over wood frame
96 x 78 x 3 inches (243,8 x 198,1 x 7,6 cm)
97 ½ x 79 ½ x 3 inches ( 247,6 x 201,9 x 7,6 cm) frame
SW 14004

Emil Lukas

Emil Lukas
Bubble Down, 2012
paint, plaster, wood and foam
32 x 24 x 2 ½ inches (81,2 x 61 x 6,3 cm)
SW 14057
Private Collection

Emil Lukas

Emil Lukas
Bubble Up, 2012
paint, plaster, wood and foam
32 x 24 x 3 inches (81,2 x 61 x 7,6 cm)
SW 14058
Private Collection

Emil Lukas

Emil Lukas
Bent Array, 2015
mixed media
89 x 22 x 18 inches (226 x 56 x 76 cm)
SW 16217
Margulies Collection

Emil Lukas

Emil Lukas
central tug, 2015
mixed media
75 1/2 x 17 x 15 inches (191,77 x 43,18 x 38,1 cm)
SW 16218
Anderson Collection

Emil Lukas

Emil Lukas
up, 2016
thread over painted wood frame with nails
36 x 48 x 3 1/4 inches (91,5 x 122 x 8 cm)
SW 16233
Private Collection

Emil Lukas

Emil Lukas
Center, 2016
thread over painted wood frame with nails
36 x 36 x 3 1/2 inches (91,5 x 91,5 x 9 cm)
SW 16234
Private Collection

Emil Lukas

Emil Lukas
coral dispersion, 2016
acrylic on plaster in aluminum frame
46 x 46 x 6 inches (117 x 117 x 15 cm)
SW 16236
Hall Collection

Emil Lukas

Emil Lukas
upper left drift, 2016
acrylic on plaster in aluminum frame
46 x 46 x 6 inches (117 x 117 x 15 cm)
SW 16237

Emil Lukas

Emil Lukas
liquid lens, 2016
aluminum
107 x 136 x 40 inches (271 x 345,5 x 101,5 cm)
SW 16241
Private Collection

Emil Lukas

Emil Lukas
Small Particle Hallucinogen, 2019
acrylic on plaster in aluminum frame
64 x 80 x 8 inches (162,6 x 203,2 x 20,3 cm)
SW 18151

Emil Lukas

Emil Lukas
Last Scatter, 2019
acrylic on plaster in aluminum frame
64 x 80 x 8 inches (162,6 x 203,2 x 20,3 cm)
SW 18152

Emil Lukas

Emil Lukas
the location of possible and impossible moves, 2018
ink, paper and thread under glass in painted wood frames
forty parts; 13 x 10 x 2 inches (33 x 25,4 x 5 cm) each frame
SW 18128

Emil Lukas

Emil Lukas
twin orbit south, 2018
thread over painted wood, aluminum and plaster frame
79 1/2 x 79 1/2 x 13 inches (201,9 x 201,9 x 33 cm)
SW 18147

Emil Lukas

Emil Lukas
explanatory shift, 2018
acrylic on plaster in aluminum frame
12 x 14 3/4 x 2 inches (30,5 x 37, 5 x 5,1 cm)
SW 1816

Emil Lukas

Emil Lukas
incarceration, 2018
acrylic on plaster in aluminum frame
12 x 14 3/4 x 2 inches (30,5 x 37, 5 x 5,1 cm)
SW 18167

Emil Lukas

Emil Lukas
tracking, 2018
acrylic on plaster in aluminum frame
12 x 14 3/4 x 2 inches (30,5 x 37, 5 x 5,1 cm)
SW 18164

Emil Lukas

Emil Lukas
hidden eleven, 2018
acrylic on plaster in aluminum frame
12 x 14 3/4 x 2 inches (30,5 x 37, 5 x 5,1 cm)
SW 18163

Emil Lukas

Emil Lukas
for more, 2018
acrylic on plaster in aluminum frame
12 x 14 3/4 x 2 inches (30,5 x 37, 5 x 5,1 cm)
SW 18165

Emil Lukas

Emil Lukas
sounding, 2018
acrylic on plaster in aluminum frame
12 x 14 3/4 x 2 inches (30,5 x 37, 5 x 5,1 cm)
SW 18162

Emil Lukas

Emil Lukas
curtain, 2018
thread over painted wood frame with nails
36 x 60 x 3 1/2 inches (91,4 x 152,4 x 8,9 cm)
SW 18148

Emil Lukas

Emil Lukas
lead core, 2017
mixed media
70 x 20 x 15 inches (178 x 51 x 38 cm)
SW 17134

Emil Lukas

Emil Lukas
twin orbit north, 2018
thread over painted wood, aluminum and plaster frame
79 1/2 x 79 1/2 x 13 inches (201,9 x 201,9 x 33 cm)
SW 18146

Emil Lukas

Emil Lukas
the holding of tone, 2018
mixed media
84 x 16 x 16 inches (213 x 40,6 x 40,6 cm)
SW 18077

Emil Lukas

Emil Lukas
cluster, 2018
mixed media
77 x 16 x 16 inches (195,6 x 40,6 x 40,6 cm)
SW 18076

Artist press

The Brooklyn Rail logo
Emil Lukas in The Brooklyn Rail
by Harry Philbrick
11 February 2019
T Magazine logo
An Eye-Bending New Series of Paintings, Without Paint
by Julie Baumgardner
4 January 2017
Time Out New York
Emil Lukas
By Paul Laster
23-29 January 2014
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Press Kit