Internationally Renowned Canadian Artist Attila Richard Lukacs at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center on Oct. 6th
September 16, 2015 by: Natalie Fleming
Attila Richard Lukacs, Untitled, 101” x 144”, oil on canvas, 2008.
The University at Buffalo’s Department of Art, in partnership with New York City’s Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art and Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center presents internationally celebrated painter Attila Richard Lukacs, who will speak at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center on October 6th at 7:00pm. The talk is part of the Leslie-Lohman Queer Art Lecture Series and is free and open to the public.
Jonathan D. Katz, Director of the University at Buffalo’s Visual Studies PhD program, President of the Leslie-Lohman Museum, and curator of the series, commented on Lukacs’ visit: “Attila Richard Lukacs is perhaps the most famous artist you likely don’t know. Widely celebrated in his native Canada as well as in Europe, Lukacs had a meteoric rise to fame based on his incredibly powerful paintings, at once intellectually complex and magnificently rendered. His newest body of work is perhaps his best, and this talk will present them for the first time in the US.”
A 1985 graduate of Emily Carr College of Art and Design, Vancouver, Lukacs is one of the most distinguished contemporary Canadian artists. His work has been exhibited widely across Canada, Europe, Mexico, Japan and the US, and was featured at Documenta IX (1992) in Kassel, Germany. After a meteoric rise in Europe, Lukacs moved from Berlin to New York determined to take the capital of the art world by storm, but his dreams were derailed by depression and drug abuse and his career spiraled as quickly as it rose.
Dubbed Canada’s “official bad boy” by the Village Voice, Lukacs’ rise and fall was documented in the 2004 film Drawing Out the Demons: A Film About the Artist Attila Richard Lukacs. Lukacs’ work is held in numerous private and public collections including: Sir Elton John; the Art Gallery of Ontario; the National Gallery of Canada; the Froahlich Collection, Germany; Galerie Rudolf Zwirner, Germany; Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Belgium; the Zia Collection, Switzerland; and the Canada Council Art Bank, Canadian Embassy, Saudi Arabia. Lukacs lives and works in Vancouver, BC.
The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art is the world’s first museum dedicated solely to providing a venue for multi-disciplinary work that engages gay and lesbian historical, social, or political issues still excluded from mainstream venues. The Queer Art Lecture Series is dedicated to queer art and artists, showcasing the most significant contemporary queer artists with an emphasis on exploring the relationship between their sexuality and their art. Each of the lectures in the series will also be presented at the Leslie-Lohman Museum located at 26 Wooster Street, NY, NY.