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Nasher Sculpture Center unveils newest artist in Xchange exhibition

Nasher Sculpture Center unveils newest artist in Xchange exhibition

X sculpture by Liz Larner
Larner uses a variety of media, such as wood, for her sculptures. Courtesy photo
X sculpture by Liz Larner
The "X" takes on many forms under Larner's skillful hands. Courtesy photo
X sculpture by Liz Larner
A classic "X" sculpture from artist Liz Larner. Courtesy photo
X sculpture by Liz Larner
Liz Larner turns the "X" on its head in this piece.  Courtesy photo
X sculpture by Liz Larner
X sculpture by Liz Larner
X sculpture by Liz Larner
X sculpture by Liz Larner

The Nasher Sculpture Center has commissioned artist Liz Larner to create an original piece for the University of Texas at Dallas as part of Nasher Xchange. Larner's is the fourth sculpture announced in the 10-piece 10th anniversary series, which opens in fall 2013. 

Larner is a Los Angeles-based artists famous for her "X" sculptures. She plans to use the same alphabetic foundation for this project. 

"I'm creating a sculpture that I hope is filled with potential," Larner said in a video announcing the commission. "One of the things I love about 'X' is that in mathematics it's called a variable, and so it means that anything can be 'X.'

"I really feel that this form is very inviting. It invites people to come together just naturally, and it serves as a really great sendoff for this new, wonderful art program."

Larner has previously held solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Regen Projects, Los Angeles; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; Galleri Nordanstad-Skarstedt, Stockholm; Jennifer Flay Galerie, Paris; and Galerie Peter Pakesch, Vienna.

"Liz's work is a wonderful example of the intersection between new technologies and the traditional three-dimensional sculptural form," UTD's Bonnie Pitman said. 

Larner joins a celebrated list of artists who have already been commissioned to create works for Nasher Xchange, including Ruben Ochoa, Rick Lowe, Ugo Rondinone, Alfredo Jaar, Vicki Meek, Charles Long, Good/Bad Art Collective, Lara Almarcegui and Rachel Harrison. All 10 sculptures will be in place when Nasher Xchange officially opens October 19, and they will remain on display through February 16, 2014.