Libby Black received her BFA in painting at the Cleveland Institute of Art, and her MFA in painting from the California College of Arts and Crafts. In her work, Black co-opts symbols of consumerism and style through paper replications of prized consumer goods such as Hermes Hustler King Roller Skates and Louis Vuitton luggage. Black’s drawings and paper sculptures reference fleeting wants and objects of desire that, in the end, are just objects. A San Francisco Bay Guardian Goldie Award recipient in 2002, Black has recently shown her work in the California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art, as well as at Stephen Wirtz Galler, Manolo Garcia Gallery, where she created an entire Louis Vuitton store out of paper, Gallery 16, and Spanganga, all in San Francisco. She is represented by Heather Marx Gallery in San Francisco, where she recently had a show. Black’s other most recent shows were at Gallery CherrydelosReyes in Los Angeles, and at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco as part of Bay Area Now 4.
While at Lucas Artists Programs Black prepared a paper designer picnic for her show at the Heather Marx Gallery.