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Sven Lukin
Shaped Canvas Oil Painting, Potato on Green Triangle




Shaped triangular canvas, this is a painting of an object, a potato on a bright green painted background surface with a triangle at the top. Born in Riga, Latvia in 1934, Sven Lukin immigrated to the United States in 1949. Lukin enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Architecture. where he attended lectures by the influential architect and urban designer Louis I. Kahn. Kahn's ideas had a profound impact on the young artist. In 1958, Lukin moved to New York to pursue his career as a painter. During the 1960s, he had solo exhibitions at many of New York's most influential and prestigious galleries, including: Betty Parsons Gallery, Martha Jackson Gallery, and the Pace Gallery. During this period, his work also figured prominently in many landmark museum exhibitions, such as The Quest and the Quarry (Rome-New Art Foundation), Vormen van de Kleur (Stedelijk Museum), The Shaped Canvas ( Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum), Color, Image, and Form ( Detroit Institute of Arts), and L'art vivant aux États-Unis (Fondation Maeght), among others. in 1964 he was included in The Shaped Canvas, an exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, curated by influential critic Lawrence Alloway with works by Paul Feeley, Sven Lukin, Richard Smith, Frank Stella, and Neil Williams. In 1979, Jeanne Siegel curated an exhibition at the Visual Arts Museum, Shaped Paintings which featured Kenneth Noland and Ellsworth Kelly, along with Charles Hinman, Sven Lukin, Robert Mangold, Bernar Venet, Tom Wesselmann and Neil Williams. SELECTED MUSEUM COLLECTIONS: Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC Los Angeles County Museum of Art Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Museum of Modern Art, New York Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC Whitney Museum of American Art, New York


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