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Louise Lawler Helen Anne Molesworth

Louise Lawler

Helen Anne Molesworth

Published February 8th 2013
ISBN : 9780262018814
Hardcover
160 pages
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Louise Lawler has devoted her art practice to investigating the life cycle of art objects. Her photographs depict art in the collectors home, the museum, the auction house, and the commercial gallery, on loading docks, and in storage closets. HerMoreLouise Lawler has devoted her art practice to investigating the life cycle of art objects. Her photographs depict art in the collectors home, the museum, the auction house, and the commercial gallery, on loading docks, and in storage closets. Her work offers a sustained meditation on the strategies of display that shape arts reception and distribution. The cumulative effect of Lawlers photographs is a silent insistence that context is the primary shaper of arts meaning. Informed by feminism and institutional critique, Lawlers witty, poignant, and trenchant photos frequently pay attention to a host of overlooked details -- almost Freudian slips -- that ineffably and tacitly shore up what we conventionally think of as arts power. This book includes the earliest published text on Lawlers work- an examination of her ephemera (Lawler produced, among other things, matchbooks and paperweights)- a rare interview with the artist, conducted by Douglas Crimp- a conversation between George Baker and Andrea Fraser on Lawlers work- and essays by writers including Rosalind Krauss, Rosalyn Deutsche, and Helen Molesworth, the volumes editor.