Louise Lawler: An Arrangement of Pictures

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Perseus Distribution Services, 2000 - Art - 144 pages
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For the past 20 years, Louise Lawler has photographed art as it is "presented" in private homes, museums, galleries, auction houses, public buildings, and museum and gallery storage areas. From an exhibition of Degas' masterpieces to an Andy Warhol installation, this book invites you to discover Lawler's unique vision of modern and contemporary art. She is fascinated by what "happens" to the art object after it leaves the artist's studio -- where it goes, how it's displayed, how it's valued, and what it means. Lawler shows how the environment that surrounds a piece of art affects our perception of it and how that perception, in turn, affects all aspects of the environment.

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In 1917, Marcel Duchamp transformed a urinal into a work of art simply by moving it from a men's room to an art gallery. Here, Lawler uses her own work to investigate how placement changes our ... Read full review


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About the author (2000)

Louise Lawler was born in Bronxville, New York, in 1947. She came to prominence in the 1980s with her own sophisticated and very postmodern brand of re-photographed artwork. She has had solo exhibitions at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C., among others. Lawler collaborated with Douglas Crimp on the seminal book The Museum's Ruins. She lives in New York.

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