b. 1949, USA

Laurie Simmons Biography

Laurie Simmons is known for her photographs and films using human surrogates like puppets, toys, dolls, and magazine cut-outs, among other props. A brief narrative summary of her photographic bodies of work includes the following: Early Color Interiors (1978-79), where vintage dolls resembling housewives are set in 50’s interior decor; Tourism (1983-84), where the dolls are found sightseeing at the Eiffel Tower or a casino in Las Vegas; Talking Objects (1987-89) and Walking and Lying Objects (1987-91), which are portraits of hybrids of dolls’legs topped with the body of an object like a cake, a gun, or a house; and The Boxes (Ardis Vinklers) (2005) where dolls are actors set up in mid-performance of a play on a stage.

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Simmons has long investigated human performance as it relates to specific environments through a deep documentation and profound choreography of dolls and objects in and on a stage. The boundaries between fiction and reality are often blurred, and the artist’s tableaus are evocative of a sincere humanity, emotion and character. The critic Kate Linker remarked that Simmons is placed in a generation of artists who came out of the mid 70's and approached photography as a conceptual medium. She also points out: “These artists — Richard Prince, Louise Lawler, Barbara Kruger, and Sarah Charlesworth among them — inherited the photo-based conceptual practices of Ed Ruscha, Jan Dibbets, and others and applied the radical new definition of photography as a medium of discourse to the examination of social and cultural representations.” (Kate Linker, Reflections on a Mirror, Laurie Simmons, Walking, Talking, Lying, 2005, p.8 Aperture Foundation). Linker has also stated that “Simmons' work is a deceptively simple response to a complex transformation in American culture centered on the increasing importance of objects.” (op. p.9).

Laurie Simmons Featured Artworks

Blue Hair/Red Dress/Green Room/Arms Up by Laurie Simmons contemporary artwork photography
Laurie Simmons Blue Hair/Red Dress/Green Room/Arms Up, 2014 Pigment print
177.8 x 121.9 cm
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The Love Doll / Day 26 (Shoes) by Laurie Simmons contemporary artwork photography
Laurie Simmons The Love Doll / Day 26 (Shoes), 2010 Fuji Matte print
177.8 x 133.4 cm
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The Love Doll / Day 31 (Geisha) by Laurie Simmons contemporary artwork photography
Laurie Simmons The Love Doll / Day 31 (Geisha), 2011 Fuji Matte print
177.8 x 133.4 cm
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Several Hats in Italy by Laurie Simmons contemporary artwork photography
Laurie Simmons Several Hats in Italy, 1984 Pigment print
60 x 40 cm
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Bathing Suit by Laurie Simmons contemporary artwork photography
Laurie Simmons Bathing Suit, 1984 Pigment print
60 x 40 inches
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Walking Glove by Laurie Simmons contemporary artwork photography
Laurie Simmons Walking Glove, 1991/2014 Pigment print
213.4 x 121.9 cm
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Character study: Laurie Simmons dons Hollywood personas in her first feature film Related Press Character study: Laurie Simmons dons Hollywood personas in her first feature film 26 April 2017, Wallpaper*

The veteran, whose work has spanned both photography and film, initially unveiled the film at the 2016 Venice Film Festival.

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'You always find something different': Sir Elton John on his love of photography Related Press 'You always find something different': Sir Elton John on his love of photography 14 March 2017, Christie's

‘A photograph brings me so much joy, they’re beautiful objects,’ says Sir Elton John, discussing a remarkable collection of 25 works by some of the world’s greatest photographers, to be offered at Ch

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The Idea Of 'Home' Explored At Ucca, Beijing Related Press The Idea Of 'Home' Explored At Ucca, Beijing 9 December 2014, Darryl Jingwen Wee fro Blouin ArtInfo / 2 December 2014

In the last exhibition to occupy the Great Hall in 2014, the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) collaborates with esteemed furniture-retailer RedStar Macalline to present groundbreaking work from twelve international artists that redefine the notion of “home” while exploring themes of dwelling and existence. The...

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Performa Gala Honors The Art World'S Renaissance Women Related Press Performa Gala Honors The Art World'S Renaissance Women 1 November 2014, by Megan Conway / The Wall Street Journal / 29 October 2014

If you ask Roselee Goldberg, performance isn’t the maverick art form it’s often made out to be, though she’ll happily agree it’s enjoying a moment in the sun. Since 2004, when Goldberg founded Performa—perhaps the world’s foremost organization dedicated to the genre—live artwork has earned top billing at...

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