Kaari Upson, California artist of desire and disturbance, dies at 51

Kaari Upson, California artist of desire and disturbance, dies at 51

Kaari Upson, an American artist whose uncanny sculptures, videos, drawings and performances probed the dark sides of domesticity and desire, died Wednesday at a hospital in New York City. She was 51. The cause was metastatic breast cancer, said Claire de Dobay Rifelj, a director at the Los Angeles arm of Sprüth Magers, the gallery that represents her. Upson, one of the most significant artists to emerge from the vibrant Los Angeles art scene this century, won early attention for “The Larry Project,” an open-ended phantasmagoria based on the life of an unknown neighbor of her parents in San Bernardino, California, who had abandoned his McMansion. Working from photographs, legal documents, diaries and pornographic
Kaari Upson, an American artist whose uncanny sculptures, videos, drawings and performances probed the dark sides of domesticity and desire, died Wednesday at a hospital in New York City. She was 51. The cause was metastatic breast cancer, said Claire de Dobay Rifelj, a director at the Los Angeles arm of Sprüth Magers, the gallery that represents her. Upson, one of the most significant artists to emerge from the vibrant Los Angeles art scene this century, won early attention for “The Larry Project,” an open-ended phantasmagoria based on the life of an unknown neighbor of her parents in San Bernardino, California, who had abandoned his McMansion. Working from photographs, legal documents, diaries and pornographic