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Louise Lawler: WHY PICTURES NOW

Museum of Modern Art, New York

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Among the most intriguing aspects of Lawler’s working process is her continuous re-presentation, reframing, or restaging in the present, a strategy through which she revisits her own images by transferring them to different formats. The first New York Museum survey of Louise Lawler’s work consists of a sequence of mural-scale, “adjusted to fit” images set in dynamic relation to non-linear groupings of photographs—distinctive of Lawler’s conceptual exercises. Additionally, a deceptively empty space presents black-and-white tracings of Lawler’s photographs that have been printed on vinyl and mounted directly to the wall. And a display of the artist’s ephemera from the 1970s to today highlights the feminist and performative undercurrents of her art. Find out more about the Louise Lawler exhibition from the Museum of Modern Art’s website.

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Big (adjusted to fit) (2002/2003/2016), Louise Lawler. © 2016 Louise Lawler

Big (adjusted to fit) (2002/2003/2016), Louise Lawler. © 2016 Louise Lawler

Pollyanna (adjusted to fit) (2007/2008/2012), Louise Lawler. © 2016 Louise Lawler

Pollyanna (adjusted to fit) (2007/2008/2012), Louise Lawler. © 2016 Louise Lawler

Salon Hodler (traced; 1984/2013), Louise Lawler. © 2016 Louise Lawler

Salon Hodler (traced; 1984/2013), Louise Lawler. © 2016 Louise Lawler

Why Pictures Now (1981), Louise Lawler. © 2016 Louise Lawler

Why Pictures Now (1981), Louise Lawler. © 2016 Louise Lawler

Pollyanna (adjusted to fit) distorted for the times (2007/2008/2012/2017), Louise Lawler. © 2017 Louise Lawler

Pollyanna (adjusted to fit) distorted for the times (2007/2008/2012/2017), Louise Lawler. © 2017 Louise Lawler

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