LOUISE LAWLER “PIERO MANZONI (AND OTHER ARTISTS) WHITE” 1981/93
Louise Lawler (b. 1947) is an esteemed contemporary artist and photographer who emerged as a part of the Pictures Generation in the 1980s alongside prominent contemporaries such as Cindy Sherman and Barbara Kruger.
Approaching her work through a critical lens, Lawler examines the art market and the intersecting socioeconomic constructs that drive the industry forward - for better or worse. In doing so, Lawler engages in an institutional critique, calling into question the hyper-commodification of art and the power dynamics at play in the process.
Lawler is most recognized for her photographs documenting how art is displayed, stored or transported within museums, galleries, and private collections. Through this series, Lawler suggests that the medium is the message, implying that the way in which an artwork is displayed will have consequences on how it is perceived by the viewer.
“Piero Manzoni (And Other Artists) White” is exemplary of Lawler’s inquisition. In this piece, Lawler captures six framed works notably featuring the likes of Piero Manzoni and Jenny Holzer, among others.
The works are suspended on what appears to be an otherwise blank wall, perhaps in a gallery, though there are few indications. Like the best of Lawler’s work, the viewer is left to fill in the blanks. Where and why this collection is on display, and how does the context of its location affect the work?
Louise Lawler has exhibited internationally at prominent art institutions including the MoMA, Museum Ludwig, and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.
This limited edition print was included in a 1993 portfolio by October Magazine alongside works by Richard Prince, Cindy Sherman and more.
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“Piero Manzoni (And Other Artists) White”
Signed, dated, and numbered in pencil by artist
From an edition of 30
6”H 7.25”W (work)
19.75"H 16.25"W (framed)
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