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b. 1947, USA

Louise Lawler Biography

Louise Lawler completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Cornell University in 1969 before establishing a practice which led her to become part of the group of artists known as The Pictures Generation. This also included artists such as Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, and Sherrie Levine. Lawler continues to live and work in New York.

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Lawler photographs other works of art, concentrating on their setting, the way in which they are presented, and their methods of creation. The resultant works are often considered to be conceptual and address the art world and its establishments by questioning what factors constitute and define a piece of art. Her oeuvre offers a behind the scenes look at the happenings of the art world through her photographs at art fairs, galleries, collectors homes, and auction houses such as Christie’s.

The artist uses her method of photography to comment on the status of material goods as measures of financial and cultural wealth and employs the work of other artists as her subject matter to bring to attention the difficulty of originality in contemporary society. Lawler’s works challenge the notions of authenticity and authorship.

Solo exhibitions of the artist’s work have included Adjusted at Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany (2013); No Drones at Sprüth Magers, Berlin (2015); Fitting at Metro Pictures at Metro Pictures, New York (2011); and Later at Yvon Lambert, Paris (2010). Lawler has exhibited at major institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the National Museum of Art, Oslo; and the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Lawler has presented work at two Whitney Biennials.

Sara VanDerBeek, Roman Woman VIII (2013). Two digital c-prints. Each image: 20 x 16 inches/ 50.8 x 40.6 cm. Courtesy Metro Pictures.

Louise Lawler Featured Artworks

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13 MAR. 2014 by Louise Lawler contemporary artwork
Louise Lawler13 MAR. 2014, 2014/2018Cibachrome print face mounted to Plexiglas on aluminium on 3/4 inch plywood
27.6 x 34.6 cm
Sprüth Magers Contact Gallery
She Wasn’t Always a Statue (A) by Louise Lawler contemporary artwork
Louise LawlerShe Wasn’t Always a Statue (A), 1996–1997Gelatin silver print
45.1 x 47 cm
Metro Pictures Contact Gallery
She Wasn’t Always a Statue (B) by Louise Lawler contemporary artwork
Louise LawlerShe Wasn’t Always a Statue (B), 1996–1997Gelatin silver print
24.8 x 25.1 cm
Metro Pictures Contact Gallery
ABN AMRO Zaal by Louise Lawler contemporary artwork
Louise LawlerABN AMRO Zaal, 2012/2013laminated fujiflex on museum box
50.8 x 100.3 cm
Galerie Greta Meert Contact Gallery
Berlin (traced and painted), Third by Louise Lawler contemporary artwork
Louise LawlerBerlin (traced and painted), Third, 2000/2013/2014Gouache on archival pigment print
26 x 27.6 cm
Galerie Greta Meert Contact Gallery
Corner (distorted for the times, perturbée) by Louise Lawler contemporary artwork
Louise LawlerCorner (distorted for the times, perturbée), 2014/2018Digital Fujiflex print face mounted to Plexiglas on museum box
66 x 54.3 cm
Sprüth Magers Contact Gallery
Etude pour la Lecture, 1923, This Drawing is for Sale, Paris, by Louise Lawler contemporary artwork
Louise LawlerEtude pour la Lecture, 1923, This Drawing is for Sale, Paris,, 1985Black and white photograph, mat with transfer type
39.4 x 58.4 cm
Sprüth Magers Contact Gallery

Louise Lawler Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, 'Armageddon' at Metro Pictures, New York
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21 April–1 August 2020 Group Exhibition 'Armageddon' Metro PicturesOnline Only
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Eau de Cologne at Sprüth Magers, Berlin
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26 March–12 April 2019 Group Exhibition Eau de Cologne Sprüth MagersBerlin

Louise Lawler Represented By

Metro Pictures contemporary art gallery in New York, USA Metro Pictures New York
Sprüth Magers contemporary art gallery in Berlin, Germany Sprüth Magers Berlin, London, Los Angeles

Louise Lawler In Ocula Magazine

Bob Rennie Ocula Conversation Bob Rennie By Anna Dickie, Hong Kong

In Vancouver's Chinatown, an area wedged between the gleaming office towers of the city's affluent West End and the city’s poorest neighbourhood, Downtown Eastside, is a gallery showcasing work from one of the world’s leading private collections. Housed in a restored iteration of Chinatown’s oldest building, the...

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Ocula Report: The Tenth Shanghai Biennale Ocula Report Ocula Report: The Tenth Shanghai Biennale By Sam Gaskin, Shanghai

Biennials are inherently messy. Gathering hundreds of pieces by international artists working in different mediums creates an exponential number of echoes and dissonances. Their messiness differs, though, in kind and degree, as exemplified in recent Shanghai Biennales.

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Louise Lawler In Related Press

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Adjusted to fit: on Louise Lawler at MoMA Related Press Adjusted to fit: on Louise Lawler at MoMA 7 July 2017, The Art Newspaper

It's a tight, close-up, black-and-white shot taken with a wide aperture, and the print itself is small: just three by six inches. In the centre of the picture is an ashtray, and inside it, a book of matches. Across the book, three unpunctuated words appear in sharp focus—WHY PICTURES NOW—which brings into relief the focal blur from...

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LOUISE LAWLER: KINDLING Related Press LOUISE LAWLER: KINDLING 1 June 2017, Art in America

The year is 1994. The journal October dedicates its pages to 'The Duchamp Effect,' a special issue that codifies the French artist-trickster's influence on contemporary art. Interviews with Louise Lawler and Sherrie Levine—peers, early collaborators, and artists grouped with the 'Pictures Generation'—are especially notable for the...

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Louise Lawler’s Stealth Aesthetic (and Muted Aura) Related Press Louise Lawler’s Stealth Aesthetic (and Muted Aura) 11 May 2017, The New York Times

Louise Lawler is one of the great light-heavyweights of the 1980s Pictures Generation, an artist of stealth, wit and elegant understatement, adept at playing the art world against itself. Her uncanny photographs of artworks in their natural habitats, and her carefully worded aphorisms can bruise, but ever so gently. Her love of...

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Louise Lawler Screens a Movie with No Images Related Press Louise Lawler Screens a Movie with No Images 6 May 2017, Hyperallergic

As the lights of the movie theater begin to dim and people shuffle to their seats, no image appears. The sound of the movie begins to emerge from the theater's speakers, but without its visual accompaniment it seems somehow louder and harsher. The effect is disorientating and confusing. Despite there being no image on the screen and knowing that...

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