Loretta Lux  (German, 1969) 

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Loretta Lux (German, b.1969) is a photographer known for her portraits of young children, digitally altered to resemble the aristocratic stiffness and formality of Old Master paintings. Born in Dresden, Germany, Lux studied painting at the Academy of Visual Arts in Munich, and began working with photography in 1999. Influenced by painters such as Francisco de Goya and Agnolo Bronzino, Lux dresses her subjects in vintage clothing and digitally adds props and backgrounds. Portraits such as Dorothea (2001), an expressionless girl with pale skin and blue eyes that match the sky in the background, and Marianne (2004), a redhead looking uncomfortable wearing a stiff coat, echo Diego Velázquez's Infanta Margarita (1653). While Lux’s rigorous and unsentimental approach follows German documentary photographers such as Bernd and Hilla Becher and Thomas Struth, she also draws from commercial advertising to bring her work closer to kitsch. Her carefully constructed portraits, stylized and surreal, become metaphors for childhood innocence rather than reflections of her sitters’ psychology. Lux’s work is included in many museum collections, including the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, CA, the National Museum of Art in Osaka, Japan, and the Musée de l'Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland. In 2005, she was the recipient of the Infinity Award for Art from the International Center of Photography. She is represented by the Yossi Milo Gallery in New York.

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Loretta Lux, The Dove

 

Loretta Lux
The Dove
Rosier Gallery
Loretta Lux, Marianne

 

Loretta Lux
Marianne
Rosier Gallery
Loretta Lux, Lois 1

 

Loretta Lux
Lois 1
Rosier Gallery
Loretta Lux, Hugo and Dylan 2

 

Loretta Lux
Hugo and Dylan 2
Rosier Gallery
Loretta Lux, Hugo and Dylan 1

 

Loretta Lux
Hugo and Dylan 1
Rosier Gallery
Loretta Lux, Hidden Rooms 1

 

Loretta Lux
Hidden Rooms 1
Rosier Gallery
Loretta Lux, Girl with Crossed Arms

 

Loretta Lux
Girl with Crossed Arms
Rosier Gallery
Loretta Lux, Spring

 

Loretta Lux
Spring
2001

Rita Krauss Fine Art
Loretta Lux, Antonia

 

Loretta Lux
Antonia
Rosier Gallery
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Loretta Lux, The Red Ball 1

 

Loretta Lux
The Red Ball 1, 2000
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Loretta Lux, The Blue Dress

 

Loretta Lux
The Blue Dress, 2001
dye destruction print

 

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Loretta Lux, Pauline

 

Loretta Lux
Pauline, 2002
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1969   Born: Dresden, Germany
1990 - 1996   Studied painting at Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Munich under Professor Gerd Winner
2002   Bayerischer Kunstförderpreis
2005   Infinity Award for Art, The International Centre of Photography, New York
2011   What’s In a Face? Aspects of Portrait Photography, The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
2011   New Yorker Fiction/Real Photography, Steven Kasher Gallery, New York, NY
2011   From Our Collection: Portraits, Glenbow Museum, Alberta, Canada
2011   Von Engeln & Bengeln, Kunsthalle Krems, Austria
2011   Identity: Photographs in the Grażyna Kulczyk Collection, Art Stations Foundation, Poland
2011   Mannerism and Modernism: The Kasper Collection of Drawings and Photographs, The Morgan Library and Museum, New York, NY
2011   The Art of Caring: A Look at Life through Photography, Art Museum/Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX [traveling]
2010   Danica Dakic, Loretta Lux, Anu Pennanen, Vantaa Art Museum, Vantaa, Finland
2010   Present Tense: An Imagined Grammar of Portraiture in the Digital Age, National Portrait Gallery, Parkes, Australia
2010   The Art of Caring: A Look at Life through Photography, Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati, OH [traveling]
2010   Streams of the New: Masterpieces from the National Museum of Art, Osaka, Miyagi Museum of Art, Japan
2010   Loretta Lux: Photographs, Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milan, Italy (solo)
2009   Collection, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
2009   Chelsea Visits Havana, 10th Biennial of Havana, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba
2009   The Art of Caring: A Look at Life through Photography, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
2009   Alternate Reality, Spencer Museum of Art, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
2009   Creating Identity: Portraits Today, 21C Museum, Louisville, KY
2009   Loretta Lux, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden (solo)
2008 - 2009   The Linked Ring, Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT
2008   TEN, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
2008   Loretta Lux, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico (solo)
2007   Contemporary, Cool and Collected, Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC
2007   June Bride, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY
2007   All the More Real: Portrayals of Intimacy and Empathy, Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY
2007   El Rei de la Casa. Adults als Deu, Nens als Quaranta, Palau de la Virreina, Barcelona, Spain
2007   Family Pictures, Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
2007   Global Feminisms, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
2007   Pretty Baby, The Museum of Modern Art, Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX
2006 - 2007   Loretta Lux, Imaginary Portraits, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland (solo)
2006 - 2007   Retrospective, Fotomuseum den Haag, The Hague; Le Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland
2006   Zwischen Wirklichkeit und Bild, Museum of Contemporary Art, Kagawa Japan
2006   Loretta Lux, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2006   Loretta Lux, Imaginary Portraits, Sixth Moscow Photobiennale, Central Exhibition Hall, Moscow, Russia (solo)
2006   Infinite Painting: Contemporary Painting and Global Realism, Villa Manin Center forContemporary Art, Codroipo, Italy
2006   In Sight: Recent Additions to the Permanent Collection, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
2006   Offspring: Representations of Children in Contemporary Visual Culture, Boston University Art Gallery, Boston, MA
2005 - 2006   Arbeit an der Wirklichkeit, German Contemporary Photography, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto; Marugame Genichiro- Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan
2005   Contiene Glutamato, Galeria OMR, Mexico City
2005   Boost in the Shell, De Bond, Brugge, Belgium
2005   the childrens hour, Museum of New Art (mona), Pontiac, MI
2005   Contenance - Fassung Bewahren, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany
2005   Family pictures, Contemporary Photography and Video from the Guggenheim Collection, Galleria Gottardo, Lugano, Switzerland
2005   Simulacrum: Portraiture in the New Mllenium, Society for Contemporary Photography, Kansas City
2005   Through The Looking Glass, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, University College, Cork, Ireland
2005   Focus on: New Photography, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL
2005   N Focus: Contemporary Photography from the Allen G. Thomas Jr. Collection, Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
2005   Inventing Childhood, Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand
2004   About Face, Hayward Gallery, London
2004   Loretta Lux, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2004   Loretta Lux, Torch Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands (solo)
2004   Making Faces, Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland
2004   The Picture of Innocence, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN
2004   La Collection Ordóñez-Falcón, Le Botanique, Brussels, Belgium
2004   About Face: Photographic Portraits From the Collection, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
2004   Changeling, ACP Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney
2003   By the Sea, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY
2003   Ninos, Centro de Arte de Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain
2003   Loretta Lux - Erfindung des Seins, Stadt Museum Muenster, Germany (solo)
  Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
  Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
  Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
  National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
  National Museum of Art, Osaka
  New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
  Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL
  Photo Museum, Munich, Germany
  RISD Museum, Providence, RI
  San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
  Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
  J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
  Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN
  Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
  Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris
  Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
  Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX
  Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland
  Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
  Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
  Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Austria
  Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  Akron Art Museum, Akron OH
  Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
  Cleveland Art Museum, Cleveland, OH
  Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
  Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland
  Gemeentemuseum Helmond, The Netherlands
  Hague Museum of Photography, The Hague, Netherlands
  Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
2010    “Visions of the Decade.” PDN Volume XXX Issue 1
2009    “Helgvalet.” Kulturhuset
2008    “Loretta Lux.” Pen with new attitude No. 234
2008    “Designer’s It List.” Japanese Vogue
2007    “Vivre En 2020.” Le Monde
2007    Ayers, Robert. “Scopes All Smiles.” ArtInfo
2007    Smith, Roberta. “They Are Artists Who Are Women; Hear Them Roar.” The New York Times
2006    Watson, April. “Loretta Lux Photographs at Yossi Milo Galerry.”
2006    Healy, Murray. “A Paradise Lost.” Pop
2006    DeFoore, Jay. “New Loretta Lux Images at Yossi Milo Gallery.” American Photo
2005    “No Joy for Britons in New York’s Lavish International Photography Awards.” The British Daily Journal
2005    Naynard, Ed. “Going for Baroque” Modern Painters
2004    Gardner Jr., Ralph. “Tot Therapy.” New Yorker Magazine
2004    Stoll, Diana C. “Loretta Lux’s Changelings." Aperture
2004    Woodward, Richard B. “The Eerily Lovely Children of the Photoshop Generation.” The New York Times
2003    Richter, Verena. “Kinder einer Verlorenen Welt.“ Welt am Sonntag.