Libby Black is a painter and sculptural installation artist. Black remakes high-end luxury goods out of paper, acrylic paint, and hot glue. She places these to-scale renderings of books, magazines, handbags, and shoes in still-life arrangements, producing what amount to compositionally pleasing indexes of acquisition and aspiration that toy with our tendency to regard material possessions as reflections of our inner selves. Black combines items from her own life with other sorts of objects. Some of them are her own inventions, creating hybrids that mix the real and the imaginary. As she has previously said of her work, “all of this stuff is a portrait, but there’s no person.”

Libby Black was born in 1976 andcurrently lives and works in Berkely, California.


Libby Black ist eine Malerin und skulpturale Installationskünstlerin. Black stellt High-End-Luxusgüter aus Papier, Acrylfarben und Heißkleber her. Sie stellt diese maßstabsgetreuen Darstellungen von Büchern, Magazinen, Handtaschen und Schuhen in Stilleben dar und produziert so viel wie kompositorisch gefällige Erwerbs- und Aspirationsindizes, die mit unserer Neigung, materielle Besitztümer als Spiegelbild unseres inneren Selbst zu betrachten, spielen. Black kombiniert Gegenstände aus ihrem eigenen Leben mit anderen Arten von Objekten. Einige von ihnen sind ihre eigenen Erfindungen und erschaffen Kreuzungen, die das Reale und das Imaginäre vermischen. Wie sie zuvor von ihrer Arbeit gesagt hat, "all dieses Zeug ist ein Porträt, aber es gibt keine Person."
Libby Black wurde 1976 geboren und lebt und arbeitet zurzeit in Berkely, Kalifornien.







A Light That Never Goes Out, Gallery 16, San Francisco, US
There's No Place Like Home, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, US
Nothing Lasts Forever, Marx & Zavattero Gallery, San Francisco, US
Work Out, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, US
If Nothing Else Matters, PEEL Gallery, Houston, US 
Be Here Now, Marx & Zavattero Gallery, San Francisco, US
Timeless, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, US
In Between Things, University of Georgia, Broad Street Gallery, Athens, US
The Past is Never Where You Think You Left It,” Heather Marx Gallery, San Francisco, US
Caught Up In The Moment, Heather Marx Gallery, San Francisco, US
BENZ, Grove street windows, San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco, US
Louis Vuitton, Manolo Garcia Gallery, San Francisco, US
The Best of the Best, a.o.v., San Francisco, US


California Love, Galerie Droste, Wuppertal, DE
art is where the heart is Vol.2, Galerie Droste, Paris, FR
Safe at Home: A Short Survey of Baseball Art, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, US
Summer Mixer, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, US
That's My Trip, curated by Andrew Shoultz, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, US
Left Coast: California Political Art, The James Gallery, New York, US
Misappropriations: New Acquisitions, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, US
The Stuff of Legends, Grey Matter, Dallas, US
Pencils Down, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, US
Faux Real, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, US
Norwood and Underline Present, Underline Gallery, New York, US
Simulacrum, Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus, US
SHOP II, Underline Gallery, New York, US
Outfitters: The Contemporary Art of Clothing, The Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, US
Cut, Drawn, Painted: Works on Paper, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, US
The Haberdashery, Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton, US
Portrait of a Generation, The Hole, New York, US
Sea Change: The 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Marx & Zavattero, San Francisco, US
Queer States, Visual Arts Center, University of Texas, Austin, US
SHOP: Like You Mean It, Underline Gallery, New York, US
The Elegance of Refusal, Gensler Architecture Design & Planning (curated by Jessica Silverman), San Francisco, US
New Image Sculpture, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, US 
Fabrications, Marx & Zavattero, San Francisco, US
New Art for a New Century: Contemporary Acquisitions 2000-2010, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, US
I Want You To Want Me, Marx & Zavattero Gallery, San Francisco, US
Tigersprung: Obscure Couture, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (curated by Dr. Charissa Terranova)Dallas, US
Figuratively Speaking, Lyons Wier Gallery (curated by David Lyle), New York, US
Oh, Maybe, OFF-Space, Emeryville, US
Belle du Jour, Collette Blanchard Gallery, New York, US 
40th Anniversary 2008 Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, US
These Are The People In Your Neighborhood Fifteenth Anniversary Group Show, Gallery 16, San Francisco, US
Critics’ Pix2, The University of Texas, Dallas, US 
Grandma, AfterModern, San Francisco, US
Glass Love: Contemporary Art and Surf, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, US
Artist of Invention: A Century of CCA, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, US
Don’t Mess With, Nathan Larramendy Gallery, Ojai, US 
Guns and Ammo, 40000, Chicago, US 
From Here to Infinity and The Big Bang, SPACES, Cleveland, US 
GRAPHIC: New Bay Area Drawing, di Rosa Preserve, Napa, US
Luxury Goods, Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts (curated by Beth Rudin DeWoody), New York, US
Smoke and Mirrors: Deception in Contemporary Art, Visual Arts Gallery, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, US 
Strictly Graphite, College of Marin Art Gallery (curated by Andrea Antonaccio and Amy Charles), Kentfield, US
Bay Area Now 4, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, US 
The Superfly Effect, Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, US 
The Real World, Kala Institute Gallery, Berkeley, US 
Paper Beats Rock, cherrydelosreyes, Los Angeles, US
2004 California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, US 
The Hunt: Ritual and Narrative, Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Sun Valley, US
California Dreamin', Heather Marx Gallery, San Francisco, US
Hovering, Peres Projects, Los Angeles, US
Make shift world, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, US
Mark, Gallery 16, San Francisco, US 
An Uncertain Line, Spanganga, San Francisco, US
Saving Face, Works Gallery, San Jose, US 
I hate being a girl, Spanganga, San Francisco, US 
Emerge, GenArtSF (curated by Heather Marx, Arnold Kemp, James Bewley and Stephanie Syjuco), San Francisco, US
Bay Area Award Show, Musee D'Honneur Minuscule, New Langton Arts, San Francisco, US
Openings, San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco, US
Memory and History of Place, Euphart Museum of Art, Los Altos, US
Belief System, The Luggage Store, San Francisco, US 
These things I know for sure, Gallery 69a, (curated by Harrell Fletcher), San Francisco, US 
Never Underestimate the Power of a Drawing, Refusalon, (Drawing in Residence at Marcy Freedman's House), San Francisco, US