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Louise Lawler

Louise Lawler, <i>Nipple</i>, 2008
cibachrome print mounted to plexi on museum
13 1/8 x 10 inches (33.3 x 25.4 cm)
Louise Lawler, Nipple, 2008
cibachrome print mounted to plexi on museum
13 1/8 x 10 inches (33.3 x 25.4 cm)
Louise Lawler, <i>I Can See The Whole Room, Arranged by Mr. and Mrs. Burton Tremaine</i>, CT, 1984
Black and white photograph
16 1/4 x 21 1/2 inches, (41.3 x 54.6 cm)
Louise Lawler, I Can See The Whole Room, Arranged by Mr. and Mrs. Burton Tremaine, CT, 1984
Black and white photograph
16 1/4 x 21 1/2 inches, (41.3 x 54.6 cm)
Louise Lawler, <i>Untitled (History Portraits)</i>, 1990
Cibachrome
41 1/2 x 55 inches framed (105.4 x 139.7 cm)
Louise Lawler, Untitled (History Portraits), 1990
Cibachrome
41 1/2 x 55 inches framed (105.4 x 139.7 cm)
Louise Lawler, <i>Green</i>, 1986
Cibachrome in artist's frame
31 1/2 x 47 inches (80 x 119.4 cm)
Louise Lawler, Green, 1986
Cibachrome in artist's frame
31 1/2 x 47 inches (80 x 119.4 cm)
Louise Lawler, <i>Untitled (Ryman)</i>, 1989
Cibachrome
41 1/4 x 53 inches (104.8 x 134.6 cm)
Louise Lawler, Untitled (Ryman), 1989
Cibachrome
41 1/4 x 53 inches (104.8 x 134.6 cm)

Biography

Louise Lawler
(Born 1947)

Louise Lawler was born in 1947 in Bronxville, New York. She graduated from Cornell University in 1969. Lawler developed her individual style during the early 1980s, a time of intense growth in the overall economy and in the art market. Within this environment material goods were seen as a demonstration of power and financial wealth and artworks became associated with the possession of cultural capital. Lawler began creating mostly photographic works that include images of artworks by other artists as they were displayed within collector’s homes or even within artistic institutions. In this sense, her images become an exploration of the social, economic and environmental factors that shape the definition of the work of art within our culture. By depicting other artist’s works of art within her own, Lawler's images pose an interesting challenge to traditional ideas of originality, authorship, the influence of context in the meaning of a work of art and of the market in its commercialization.

Louise Lawler has exhibited extensively throughout the United States and Europe. Recent solo exhibitions of her work have been held in institutions such as the Wexner Center in Ohio in 2006, Dia Beacon in Beacon New York in 2005, and the Museum for Gugenwartskunst, Kunstmuseum Basel in Switzerland in 2004. She has also participated in exhibitions in major institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the National Museum of Art in Oslo, and the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Lawler has participated in two Whitney Biennials, and her work has been featured in multiple publications. Louise Lawler lives in Brooklyn, New York.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2013
Adjusted, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
Long Term View, Dia Art Foundation, New York

2012
Galerie Neue Meister, Albertinum, Dresden, Germany (catalogue)
David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, California

2011
No Drones, Sprüth Magers, London, United Kingdom
Fitting at Metro Pictures, Metro Pictures, New York

2010
Later, Yvon Lambert, Paris, France

2009
Sprüth Magers, Berlin, Germany

2008
Sucked In, Blown Out, Obviously Indebted or One Foot in Front of the Other, Metro Pictures, New York

2007
No Official Estimate, Yvon Lambert, Paris, France
Where is the Nearest Camera,Sprüth Magers, London, United Kingdom (2007-2008)
Louise Lawler: The Tremaine Pictures 1984-2007, BFAS Blondeau Fine Art Services, Geneva, Switzerland (catalogue)

2006
Twice Untitled and Other Pictures (looking back), curated by Helen Molesworth, Wexner Center, Ohio (catalogue)

2005
In and Out of Place: Louise Lawler and Andy Warhol, Dia, Beacon, New York

2004
Louise Lawler and Other Artists, Museum for Gugenwartskunst, Basel, Switzerland (catalogue)
Looking Forward, Metro Pictures, New York
Not There, Sprüth Magers, London, United Kingdom

2003
Selected Works 1980-2000, 5 Rue de la Muse, Geneva, Switzerland
Probably Not in the Show, Portikus, Frankfurt, Germany
New Walls, Yvon Lambert, Paris, France
Add to It, Portikus, Frankfurt, Germany

2001
Galerie Meert Rihoux, Brussels, Belgium
Dunn-Rite and Other Pictures, Studio Guenzani, Milan, Italy
Controlled Temperature, Art & Public, Geneva, Switzerland

2000
Paint, Wood, Plaster, Fabric, Glass and Other Pictures, Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles, California
More Pictures, Metro Pictures, New York
More Pictures,Neugeriemschneider, Berlin, Germany

1999
Hand On Her Back' and Other Pictures,Monika Sprüth Galerie, Cologne, Germany
The Tremaine Series,1984, Skarstedt Fine Art, New York
An Exhibition of Photographs by Louise Lawler From 1985 through 1993 Selected and Installed by Jürgen Becker, Jürgen Becker, Hamburg, Germany

1998
Pictures That May or May Not Go Together, Gallery Larsen, Stockholm, Sweden

1997
Monochrome, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. (brochure with text by Phyllis Rosenzweig)
Statue, Metro Pictures, New York
Farbe, Wände, Bilder, Monika Sprüth Galerie, Cologne, Germany

1996
It Could Be Elvis and Other Pictures, Galerie Six Friedrich, Munich, Germany
S.L Simpson Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Fixed Intervals (two-person exhibition with Allan McCollum), John Weber Gallery, New York

1995
A Spot on the Wall, Munich Kunstverein, Germany; Neue Galerie; Graz; De Appel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (catalogue)

1994
Press-papiers, cartes postales, images et cannibalisme, Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland
External Stimulation, Galleria Klemens Gasser, Bolzano, Italy; Monika Spruth Galerie, Cologne, Germany; Studio Guenzani, Milan, Italy
External Stimulation, Metro Pictures, New York
Studio Guenzani, Milan, Italy

1993
Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany

1992
Galerie Isabella Kacprzak, Cologne, Germany

1991
Galerie Meert Rihoux, Brussels, Belgium
Metro Pictures, New York

1990
A Vendre, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris, France
"The Enlargement of Attention, No One Between the Ages of 21 and 35 is Allowed, Connections: Louise Lawler, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

1989
How Many Pictures, Metro Pictures, New York
The Show Isn't Over,Photographic Resource Center, Boston, Massachusetts

1988
Les Objets, Galerie Meert Rihoux, Brussels, Belgium
Vous Avez Déjà Vu Ça, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris, France
Work by Louise Lawler and Allan McCollum and Fixed Intervals as Matter of Agreement, Le Consortium, Dijon (two-person exhibition with Allan McCollum)
Investigations 1988, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (Phampletwith essay by Jack Bankowsky)
Studio Guenzani (two-person exhibition with Cindy Sherman), Milan, Italy

1987
The Big Top Is Up, Kuhlenschmidt/Simon, Los Angeles, California
Enough, Projects: Louise Lawler, The Museum of Modern Art, New York (brochure)
It Remains To Be Seen, Metro Pictures, New York
Maison de la Culture et de la Communication de Saint-Etienne, Saint-Etienne, France (two-person exhibition with John Knight) (catalogue)
Ideal Settings, Diane Brown Gallery, New York (two-person exhibition with Alan McCollum)
As Serious As A Circus, Isabella Kacprzak, Stuttgart, Germany

1986
What is the Same, Maison de la Culture et de la Communication de Saint Etienne, France

1985
Interesting, Nature Morte, New York

1984
Home/Museum - Arranged for Living and Viewing, Matrix, The Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut

1982
Another Gallery, Anna Leonowens Gallery II, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
An Arrangement of Pictures, Metro Pictures, New York

1981
Jancar/Kuhlenschmidt, Jancar/Kuhlenschmidt Gallery, Los Angeles, California

1979
A Movie Will Be Shown Without the Picture, Aero Theater, Santa Monica; sponsored by the Foundation for Art Resources


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2013
Casey Kaplan, New York
Das Beste vom Besten, Vom riskanten Geschäft der Kunst, Kunstverein, Düsseldorf, Germany
Reinventing the Wheel: The Readymade Centenary, Monash University Museum of Art, Australia
Looking Forward: Gifts of Contemporary Art from the Patricia A. Bell Collection, Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey
Honey, I Rearranged the Collection, Petach Tikva Museum of Art, Israel
Version Control, Arnolfini, Bristol, United Kingdom

2012
Histories de L’art, VOX Centre de l’image contemporaine, Montreal, Canada
Spies in the House of Art Photography, Film and Video, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Illinois; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota (2012-2013)

2011
Museum of Desires, MUMOK, Vienna, Austria (catalogue)
After Images, Jewish Museum of Belgium, Brussels, Belgium
Shared Intelligence: American Painting and the Photograph, The Georgia O’keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico
No Substitute, Glenstone Foundation, Potomac, Maryland (catalogue)
The Deconstructive Impulse: Women Artists Reconfigure the Signs of Power, 1973-1991, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, New York; Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina;
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, Texas (2011-2012) (catalogue)
The World Belongs To You, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy

2010
Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography,Museum of Modern Art, New York (2010-2011)
Hareng Saur: Ensor and Contemporary Art, S.M.A.K./Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent, Belgium
Hyper Real, Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna, Austria (2010-2011)
Untitled (Ohne Titel), Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Berlin, Germany
Taking Place, The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2010-2011)
Adaptation: Between Species, The Power Plant, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (catalogue)
El Gabinete Blanco, The Jumex Collection, Mexico City, Mexico
"Sound & Vision, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

2009
Where Do We Go From Here: Selections from the Jumex Collection, Bass Museum of Art, Miami, Florida (2009-2010)
Beg Borrow and Steal, The Rubell Family Collection Museum, Miami, Florida (2009-2010) (catalogue)
Mondernologies: Contemporary Artists Researching Modernity and Modernism, Museu d’Art Contemporani, Barcelona, Spain; Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland (2009-2010) (catalogue)
See This Sound: Promises in Sound and Vision, Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz (2009-2010) (catalogue)
The Pictures Generation: 1974-1984, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (catalogue)
The Quick and the Dead, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota (catalogue)
Nothingness and Being, The Jumex Collection, Mexico City, Mexico

2008
Political Corect, BFAS Blondeau Fine Art Services, Geneva, Switzerland
Metro Pictures, New York
Blasted Allegories: Works from the Ringier Collection, Kunstmuseum, Luzern (catalogue)
The Museum as Medium, Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo, Pontevedra, Spain
Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (catalogue)

2007
Studio Guenzani (two-person exhibition with Cindy Sherman), Milan, Italy
Documenta 12, Aue-Pavillon, Kassel, Germany (catalogue)
Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
Held Together With Water, Sammlung Verbund, MAK, Vienna (catalogue)
Edit! Photography and Film in the Ellipse Collection, The Ellipse Foundation: Contemporary Art Collection, Portugal
Metro Pictures, New York
Not for Sale, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, New York
The 80’s: A Topography,Fundação Serralves, Porto, Portugal (catalogue)
Sequence 1: Selections from the Collection of François Pinault, Palazzo Grassi, Venice (catalogue)

2006
Why Pictures Now, Museum Moderner Kunst, Austria (catalogue)
Meert-Rihoux, Brussels, Belgium
Make Your Own Life: Artists In & Out of Cologne, ICA: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; The Powerplant, Toronto; The Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, Washington; MOCA, Miami, Florida
The Ellipse Foundation: Contemporary Art Collection, Portugal

2005
Slide Show, The Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland (catalogue)
Flashback: Revisiting the Art of the Eighties, Kunstmuseum Museum for Gegenwartskunst, Basel, Switzerland
Metro Pictures, New York
Museum Fever: Included Louise Lawler, The National Museum of Art, Oslo, Norway

2004
Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (catalogue)

2003
Metro Pictures, New York
Selected Works 1980-2000, 5 Rue de la Muse, Geneva, Switzerland
Pletskud, Arken Museum for Moderne Kunst, Skøvej, Germany
The Last Picture Show: Artists Using Photography 1960-1982, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Miami Art Center, Miami, Florida (catalogue)
Designs for Living, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, California

2002
Metro Pictures, New York
Open House, Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg (catalogue)
Visions from America: Photographs from the Whitney Museum of American Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (catalogue)
Extension, Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden (brochure)
Life, Death, Love, Hate, Pleasure, Pain, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois (catalogue)

2001
American Art, Galerie Rudolfinum, The Centre of Contemporary Art, Prague, Czech Republic (catalogue)
Body Double: Figures of Figures, Des Moines Art Center, Iowa
Televisions, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria (catalogue)

2000
Metro Pictures, New York
rot grau, (red grey), Kunsthalle Basel, Basel
Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (catalogue)

1999
The Museum as Muse, Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (catalogue)
Shelf Life, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
Triennale Exhibition: Sentiment of the Year 2000, Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy

1997
Collected, The Photographer's Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Foto Text Text Foto, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland
Deep Storage/Arsenale der Erinnerung, Haus der Kunst, Munich Nationalgalerie SMPK, Berlin, Germany; Kunstmuseum Dusseldorf im Ehrenhof; Henry Art Gallery, Seattle (catalogue)
Moving Images, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig, Germany (catalogue)

1996
Cultural Economies: Histories from the Alternative, The Drawing Center, New York
Metro Pictures, New York
Art at Home: Ideal Standard Life, Spiral Garden, Tokyo, Japan
Comme Un Oiseau, la Fondation Cartier pour l'art Contemporain, Paris, France
Architecture, Art, and Planning Department Centennial, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
10th Biennale of Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales; Artspace; and Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Australia (catalogue)

1995
The End(s) of the Museum, Fundacio Antoni Tapies, Barcelona, Spain (catalogue)
Passions Privees, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France (catalogue)

1994
Radical Scavenger(s): The Conceptual Vernacular in Recent American Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois
Die Orte der Kunst, Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany
Metro Pictures, New York
The Century of the Multiple: From Duchamp to the Present, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany
4 x 1 im Albertinum, Gemaldegalerie Neue Meister, Staatliche Kunstammlungen Dresden (catalogue)
Temporary Translation(s): Sammlung Schurmann, Deichtorhallen Hamburg (catalogue)

1993
Louise Lawler, Cindy Sherman, Laurie Simmons, Kunsternes Hus, Oslo, Norway; Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland (catalogue)
Metro Pictures, New York
The Image of the Exhibition, Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst, Vienna, Austria
The Nightshade Family, Museum Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany (catalogue)
The Language of Art, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
Kontext Kunst, Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria (catalogue)
Songs of Retribution, Richard Anderson Gallery, New York

1992
Metro Pictures, New York
Yvon Lambert Collectionne, Musée d'Art Moderne, Villeneuve d'Ascq, France
Selected Works From the Early Eighties, K-Raum Daxer, Munich, Germany
American Art of the 80's, Museo d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento, Italy (catalogue)
Informationsdienst, Kunstlerhaus Stuttgart, Germany

1991
Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (catalogue)
Anni Novanta, Galeria Communale d'Arte Contemporanea, Bologna, Italy
Devil on the Stairs: Looking Back on the 80s, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, California
Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (catalogue)
Hugo-Erfurth-Preis: Manuel Alvarex Bravo, Louise Lawler, Henk Tas, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen,
Germany (catalogue)
Metro Pictures, New York

1990
The Decade Show, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
Affinities and Institutions: The Gerald S. Elliot Collection of Contemporary Art, The Art Institute of Chicago
Metro Pictures, New York
Word as Image, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston

1989
Photography of Invention: American Pictures of the 1980's, National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.
A Forest of Signs: Art in the Crisis of Representation, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angele, California (catalogue)
Tenir L'image a distance, Musee d'Art Contemporain de Montreal Wittgenstein, Wiener Secession, Vienna, Austria
Confronting the Uncomfortable: Questioning Truth and Power, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut
In Other Words, Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund, Germany
Metro Pictures, New York
Moscow - Vienna - New York, The Vienna Festival

1988
Five Installations, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California
Presi Per Incantamento, Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea di Milano

1987
Metro Pictures, New York
Photography and Art: Interactions Since 1946, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale; Queens Museum, Queens, New York
Eau de Cologne, Monika Spruth Galerie, Cologne, Germany
Implosion: A Postmodern Perspective, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden (catalogue)

1986
The Real Big Picture, Queens Museum, New York
Damaged Goods, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
L'oeuvre et son accrochage, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Metro Pictures, New York
Art and Its Double: A New York Perspective, Fundacio Caixa de Pensions, Barcelona, Spain. Traveled to La Caixa de Pensions, Madrid, Spain (catalogue)

1985
The Art of Memory/The Loss of History, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
Metro Pictures, New York
New York Now: Correspondences, Laforet Museum, Tokyo, Japan. Traveled to Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts, Tochigi, Japan; Tazaki Hall Espace Media, Kobe, Japan

1984
Masking/Unmasking: Aspects of Post-Modernist Photography, The Friends of Photography, Carmel, California
Metro Pictures, New York
New York, Ailleurs et Autrement, ARC Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France

1983
Multiple Choice, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, New York
Drawings/Photographs, Leo Castelli, New York

1981
Extended Photography, Secessionist Museum, Vienna, Austria
Metro Pictures, New York

1980
Amalgam, Castelli Graphics, New York

1978
_________, Louise Lawler, Adrian Piper and Cindy Sherman are participating in an exhibition organized by Janelle Reiring at Artists Space, September 23 to October 28, 1978, Artists Space, New York