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SOLO EXHIBITION

MOKHA LAGET: HOT AXIS
November 15 - December 23, 2022

David Richard Gallery

508 West 26th Street, Suite 9E 

New York, NY 10001

These newest paintings by Mokha Laget exist at the intersection of the clearly defined, objective world of geometry and the subjective world of human perception, all contained within the flat, two-dimensional picture plane. This has been the approach to Laget's paintings in the recent past and at different times, leaning more one way than the other. Such a tilt toward geometric abstraction and architecture seems prevalent in the presentation, “Hot Axis”. 

More information here.

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SOLO EXHIBITION

MOKHA LAGET: VISUAL SCORES
November 12 - December 31, 2022
 

Gallery Sonja Roesch

2309 Caroline Street
Houston, TX 77004

The Visual Scores allude to a constellation of contemporary music notation initially pioneered in the 1950s by such composers as John Cage. Sometimes Laget draws a score based on actual experimental music, at other times she interprets the imaginary music in her mind. Music has long held a visual fascination for Laget who, early in her career, created collage works on 14th-century hymnal pages. To Laget those works were about processing her multicultural identity in a universal language and include references to literature, history, and science. Like her shaped canvases
which liberate her paintings from the rectilinear format, these drawings provide the freedom to interpret visual content.

More information here.

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GROUP EXHIBITION

NEW GEOMETRIES
October 1 - November 13, 2022
 

The Wright Contemporary

627 Paseo del Pueblo Sur

Taos, New Mexico 87571

“New Geometries” includes works by Mokha Laget, Annell
Livingston, TJ Mabrey, Paul O’Connor, Matt Thomas, and Robert Parker.
From Mabrey’s cunningly folded paper constructions to Parker’s lively
pedestal sculptures, the artists of “New Geometries” show the potential for
moving beyond what Cézanne identified as the fundamentals of all art: “the
cone, the sphere, and the cylinder.”

More information here.

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MUSEUM ACQUISITION

SLACKTIDE 

2021

acrylic and vinyl emulsion on shaped canvas

94.5 x 59.5 inches 

 

Acquired by Sheldon Museum of Art 

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 

12th and, R St, Lincoln, NE 68588

Sheldon Museum of Art's landmark Philip Johnson–designed building houses the collections of the Sheldon Art Association, founded in 1888, and the University of Nebraska. Together, the collections include nearly 13,000 artworks in diverse media. The museum's comprehensive collection of American art includes prominent holdings of 19th-century landscape and still life, American impressionism, early modernism, geometric abstraction, abstract expressionism, pop, minimalism and contemporary art.

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GROUP EXHIBITION

RESPONSE

September 23 - October 22, 2022

Pie Projects

924B Shoofly Street

Santa Fe, NM 87505

Response is a group exhibition featuring four New Mexico-based artists using traditional painting techniques to cutting-edge technology to create responsive and responding bodies of work. Featured artists include Mokha Laget, Morgan Barnard, Natalie Christensen and Jim Eyre, and August Muth. 

The ability to perceive and adapt to stimuli, along with metabolizing, moving, and reproducing, is fundamental to the scientific definition of life. Through the act of response, an object becomes more than the sum of its parts, and the glimmer of a ghost in the machine starts to shine. Response is also fundamental to the artistic world, as artists’ work responds to the current political climate, their fellow artists, and their environment as viewers, curators, and critics respond to artistic outputs. To respond and be responded to is to imbue and be imbued with meaning.

More information here.

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ARTIST TALK

June 14, 2022

online

Curator Kristen Hileman and visual artist Mokha Laget discussed her exhibition "Perceptualism," on view in Summer 2022. This virtual discussion examined the last ten years of an artistic practice devoted to exploring perception and space. Through a playful and illusionistic use of color and implied dimensionality, Laget’s work references her multicultural influences, particularly the unique landscape and architecture of the places where she has lived, ranging from Northern Africa to Washington, DC to her current home in Santa Fe.

Watch the talk here.

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SOLO MUSEUM EXHIBITION

MOKHA LAGET: PERCEPTUALISM

June 11 - August 7, 2022

Katzen Art Center

American University Museum

4400 Massachusetts Ave NW

Washington, DC 

Featuring over 40 paintings, sculpture, drawings, and lithographs, Mokha Laget: Perceptualism surveys the last ten years of an artistic practice devoted to exploring perception and space. Through a playful and illusionistic use of color and implied dimensionality, Laget’s work references her multicultural influences, particularly the unique landscape and architecture of the places where she has lived, ranging from Northern Africa through Washington, DC to her current home in Santa Fe. The stunning shaped canvases for which Laget is best known celebrate abstraction’s capacity to respond to the complexities and ambiguities of contemporary life; the work’s visual hybridity manifests as “gentle” optical chaos. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue that considers Laget’s work as well as her contributions to the Washington, DC art community of the 1980s and ‘90s. The publication includes a dialogue between Laget and Lucy Lippard, and essays by David Pagel and exhibition curator Kristen Hileman. 

More information here.

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GROUP EXHIBITION

WOMEN IN THE HOUSE

June 3 - JULY 17, 2022

Turner Carroll Gallery 

Santa Fe, NM 

Fifty years ago a house slated for demolition hosted a groundbreaking art event: Womanhouse. In celebration of this seminal project, Turner Carroll Gallery is proud to present Women in the House, an exhibition of women artists from multiple generations.

 

This exhibition features original  Womanhouse collaborators Judy Chicago and Nancy Youdelman. Opening night festivities include an artist talk by Nancy Youdelman, and a book signing by Mokha Laget in celebration of her new 80-page catalog, Perceptualism, which is published by the Katzen Museum.

 

This exhibition will include artworks by original Womanhouse participants, as well as Camille Claudel, Mildred Howard, Mokha Laget, Hung Liu, Monica Lundy, Meridel Rubenstein, Jeanette Pasin Sloan, and Swoon. 

More information here.

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SOLO EXHIBITION

MOKHA LAGET: TESSERACT

May 26 - July 30, 2022

Brian Gross Fine Arts

248 Utah Street

San Francisco, CA

As in all of her mature work, Laget employs richly colored interlocking and overlapping shapes set within eccentrically defined structures to create striking visual conundrums. In works such as Tesseract (2020) and Wherefore #3 (2022), Laget has divided her compositions into broad irregular shapes of potent color, forming a tessellated field reminiscent of viewing a mosaic close up. In other paintings, Laget layers rectangles, parallelograms, and polygons, using their intersections as borders between different tones, while playing them off the canvas shapes to produce an irresolvable perception of visual depth. Rendered in patinated bronze, Construction No. 1 (2020) combines Laget’s signature jagged geometric forms, sensitive surface application, and shadow into a dynamic sculptural form that challenges the viewer’s understanding of its physical presence.

More information about the exhibition here. 

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ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

MASS MoCA

North Adams, MA

October 2021

For over two decades, MASS MoCA has been one of the nation’s most productive venues for nurturing and creating new art. October residents include: Heloisa Pomfret, Nancy Edelstein, Mokha Laget, Jessica Zeglin, Andrea Sherrill Evans, Doran Walot, Quintin Rivera Toro, Ginny Mohler, Ato Ribeiro.

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BIENNIAL JUROR

ORIGINS IN GEOMETRY

A biennial exhibition juried by Mokha Laget 

Museum of Geometric & Madi Art

Dallas, TX
July 30 - October 24, 2021

 

The 6th Biennial will feature works from 32 finalists from across the globe.

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NEW MULTIDISCIPLINARY COLLABORATION

INTUITIVE GEOMETRY

A musical composition by Bobby Ge

commissioned by Copland House for CULTIVATE 2021

ensemble clarinet, violin, cello, piano
written spring 2021
duration 6-7 minutes

 

For more information about the collaboration, visit Bobby Ge's website.

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MUSEUM EXHIBITION & ACQUISITION

OFF THE GRID: PRINT PORTFOLIO BY MOKHA LAGET

University of Richmond Museums

410 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, VA

August 17, 2020 - July 7, 2021

 

This portfolio of color lithographs was purchased for the Joel and Lila Harnett Print Study Center at University of Richmond Museums with funds from the Louis S. Booth Arts Fund.

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ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

MILLAY COLONY FOR THE ARTS

Austerlitz, NY

October 2020

 

Founded in 1973 and located on the former home of poet/activist Edna St. Vincent Millay, the Millay Colony for the Arts is a nonprofit organization that offers multidisciplinary artists residencies on site and in the community. October residents include: Shayan Lofti, Spencer Huffman, Bobby Ge, Mokha Laget, Johanna Povirk-Zndy, Tricia Romano.

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GROUP EXHIBITION

SUMMER ROUND UP 

Gallery Sonja Roesch

2309 Caroline Street
Houston, TX 77004

June 27 – August 29, 2020

 

Gallery Sonja Roesch presents Summer Round Up, a group exhibition with 6 artists. Small sized paintings and sculptures on the wall are bound by a large floor piece. Featuring Mokha Laget, Erin Miller, Dirk Rathke, Ariane Roesch, David Simpson and Myke Venable. Exhibition will be open by appointment with all the health requirements.

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ONLINE EXHIBITION

ELEVENTH ART QUINTET

Quintetto d'arte

http://www.quintettodarte.it/laget/

June 15 - 21, 2020

 

Each week five artists of different expression, style and technique are chosen and brought together in order to highlight new concepts of contemporary art and continue giving adequate visibility to some of today's key players. Giorgio Di Genova, critic and art historian, with the collaboration of journalist Carla Guidi, unveil the eleventh Art Quintet online, featuring Mokha Laget, Barbara Giacopello, Salvatore Sava, Marisa Zattini, and Marcello Diotallevi.

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SOLO EXHIBITION

CAPRICCIOS

Gallery Sonja Roesch

Houston, TX

April 4 - June 20, 2020

 

​In this series of linen works, Mokha Laget creates complex articulations of imaginary space by freely arranging geometric shapes on stretched fabric. Spatial and architectural in nature, yet untethered from gravity, these forms operate like a kind of visual poem that unfolds across the picture plane. Off the grid and hinged together by only a few lines, the shapes are arranged like abstract scenery, emerging purely from an intuition of right proportions and formal dynamics. These paintings follow an aesthetic strategy similar to that of a Capriccio, a type of 18th century painting in which enigmatic and disparate architectural elements are brought together in fictional scenes, suggesting simultaneously believable yet impossible realms. The term Capriccio can also refer to free-form music, and is closely associated with the process of improvisation. Each shape grows dynamically and organically in space—the way cloud formations might develop—and speaks the language of contemporary dance choreography.

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MUSEUM GROUP EXHIBITION

LANDFALL PRESS: FIVE DECADES OF PRINTMAKING

Milwaukee Art Museum

Milwaukee, WI

October 3, 2019 - February 9, 2020

Landfall Press: Five Decades of Printmaking celebrates the history and innovation behind one of America’s most renowned printers-publishers on the occasion of its fiftieth anniversary year. Founded in 1970 by Jack Lemon, in Chicago, Landfall Press has cultivated a uniquely collaborative environment and produced work for many artists at different points in their career. The press has operated out of Santa Fe, New Mexico, since 2004.

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MUSEUM EXHIBITION

ALCOVES 2020 #1

New Mexico Museum of Art

Santa Fe, NM

August 10, 2019- October 13, 2019

 

Artists include:

Stuart Arends, Mokha Laget, Diane Marsh, Dan Namingha, and Emi Ozawa

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GROUP EXHIBITION

THE SHAPE SHIFTERS II

Peyton Wright Gallery

Santa Fe, NM

September 6 -30, 2019

 

Artists include:

Charles Hinman, Mokha Laget, Angelo Di Benedetto

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GROUP EXHIBITION

Brian Gross Fine Arts

SUMMER GROUP

August 8 - 24, 2019

Works by: 

Peter Alexander, Marco Casentini, Sue Dirksen, Donald Feasél, Alfonso Fratteggiani Bianchi, Dana Hart-Stone, Mokha Laget, Ed Moses, and Johnnie Winona Ross

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GRANT AWARD

Mokha Laget has been awarded a 2019 POLLOCK-KRASNER FOUNDATION artist grant!

The official announcement in Art Forum is here.

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SOLO EXHIBITION

BRIAN GROSS FINE ARTS PRESENTS MOKHA LAGET: SPATIAL CHROMATICS

January 5 – February 16, 2019

248 Utah St.

San Francisco, CA

Optically charged and vibrantly hued, Mokha Laget combines irregularly shaped canvases, geometric abstraction, and saturated color to create dynamic compositions.  Formed by the layering of multiple geometric shapes, Laget uses their intersections as borders for her large areas of deep color.  Some produce striking changes of tone, while others have more subtle shifts, as if one form is a transparent overlay of another.  Diagonal lines are an important element in Laget’s division of the surface, their intersections and juxtapositions creating dynamic visual movement.  As the internal geometry and the outer structure of the composition combine and create visual depth, they result in “spatial riddles” that defy logic and challenge the viewer.​

 

For more information about the show, visit Brian Gross Fine Arts. 

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SOLO EXHIBITION

GALLERY SONJA ROESCH PRESENTS MOKHA LAGET: SPATIAL LUMINANCE

November 10, 2018 - January 12, 2019

2309 Caroline Street
Houston, TX 

Spatial Luminance is a solo exhibition of recent works by Mokha Laget created in 2018. Her paintings reflect the artist’s continued investigation of space and light in large, colorful shaped canvases. 

 

Mokha Laget has created a series of geometric abstractions that vacillate between non-objective interpretations and illusory perspective. Her stacked arrangement of forms activates and draws the eye in a multitude of directions, transcending the pictorial space into the architectural space of the gallery.   

For more information about the show, visit Gallery Sonja Roesch. 

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MUSEUM EXHIBITION

FULL CIRCLE: HUE AND SATURATION OF THE WASHINGTON COLOR SCHOOL
April 28 - June 2, 2018

Luther W. Brady Art Galleries
Corcoran School of the Arts and Design
500 Seventeenth St, NW
Washington, DC 20006

 

Washington Color School artists such as Gene Davis, Alma Thomas, Paul Reed, Howard Mehring, Jacob Kainen, Leon Berkowitz and others are Washington’s legacy and continually grow in stature in international arenas.  What is particular about Washington, D.C. that may have shaped Color Field painting? The geometry, the atmosphere, or was it the presence of such collections as that of the Corcoran or the Phillips that combined to incubate the Washington Color School artists?  Drawing from the GW Collection along with critical loans, paintings and mixed media will provide examples of the Washington Color School and its legacy. Works by Davis, Tom Downing, Sheila Isham, Mokha Laget, Morris Louis, Larry Poons, Ann Purcell, Reed, Anne Truitt, and Ken Young, among others, will be included.

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MUSEUM ACQUISITION

STRATUM #4

 

George Washington University acquires Mokha Laget's shaped canvas for permanent collection. This piece will be on view this spring in Washington DC. 

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SOLO EXHIBITION

LOUIS STERN FINE ARTS PRESENTS MOKHA LAGET: RECENT WORKS

April 28 - June 2, 2018

9002 Melrose Ave.

Los Angeles, CA

Louis Stern Fine Arts is pleased to present “Mokha Laget: Recent Works.” The exhibition of paintings, created within the last two years, bespeaks the artist’s meticulous attention to color and craft. Executed on spirited, irregularly shaped canvases that entice the eye with illusory perspective, Laget’s work dances with visual enigma and arresting color.​​ For more information about the show, visit Louise Stern Fine Arts. 

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GALLERY REPRESENTATION

MOKHA LAGET JOINS BRIAN GROSS FINE ART
Brian Gross Fine Art
248 Utah Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Brian Gross Fine Art was established in 1990 in the Union Square area of the city. In 1995, the gallery moved to 49 Geary, where it remained for 18 years before moving to 248 Utah Street in the Potrero Hill neighborhood. The gallery maintains an active exhibition program, mounting 6–8 exhibitions per year. BGFA’s record has been distinguished by its thoughtfully curated installations, the quality and strength of the art it has presented, and the validation of numerous critical reviews. Over years, it has won the respect of the international community of artists, collectors, curators and colleagues.

For more information, visit Brian Gross Fine Art. 

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RESIDENCY AWARD

GOLDEN FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2018 AWARDS  

 

In 2012 the Sam & Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts opened its doors to a one-of a-kind artist residency for artists working in paint. In the beautiful rolling hills of central New York and just several hundred yards from the Golden Artist Colors manufacturing facility, a 19th century barn has been transformed into a 21st century artist residency, with large studio spaces and private residency apartments. Artists-in-residence participate in a completely unique opportunity to explore the widest, most innovative range of materials and technology available today for professional artists working with paint.

 

Mokha Laget will be an artist-in-residence at Golden in Fall 2018. Learn more about Golden AIRS.

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MUSEUM ACQUISITION

ULRICH MUSEUM PRESENTS

Unmoored Geographies: Works from the Permanent Collection

September 9, 2017 – March 25, 2018
 

In 2016, the Ulrich Museum acquired Mokha Laget's Pliage, a lithograph published by Landfall Press. It is featured in this exhibition which includes artists: Laura Berman, Claudia Bernardi, Sonia Boyce/Ain Bailey, Julia Brown, Judy Chicago, Christo, Nathaniel Donnett, Gary Jo Gardenhire, Graciela Iturbide, Mokha Laget, Hew Locke, Vik Muniz, Lorraine O’Grady, Otabenga Jones and Associates, Nusra Qureshi, Faith Ringgold, David Row, Humberto Saenz, Hans Schabus, Tanja Softic, Daryl Vocat, Carrie Mae Weems, Emmi Whitehorse, Matika Wilbur, Zarina

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SECOND COMMISSION

NORTH LIGHT, 2018

Installed at the new Embassy in Nouakchott, Mauritania last year, North Light is a large mural commissioned by the Art In Embassies Program (AIEP) and funded by the US Department of State. An addition has been commissioned to extend the mural, including one additional panel to the left and two additional panels to the right, bringing the total size to 108"x 384".  

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SITE-BASED COMMISSION

NORTH LIGHT, 2017

 

North Light is a project commissioned by Art In Embassies Program (AIEP) and funded by the US Department of State. As a public-private partnership, AIEP promotes cultural diplomacy through site-specific commissions that take into account the host country's artistic traditions and cultural mores. North Light was created as a series of five panels (36”x 108”), which bring together architectural elements of the West and brilliant colors of the Western Sahara. Its title references natural reflected light from the north rather than direct sunlight. North Light will be installed on a 30-foot wall in the large reception area of the new Embassy in Nouakchott, Mauritania, in August, 2017.