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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 understanding of art. Documenting the context of various artworks or constructing "arrangements" of others' art, Lawler operates within a conceptual framework rooted within Postmodernism. Whether taken at exhibitions, in collectors' homes, or in museum storage, her photographs offer new perspectives on the works of masters from Edgar Degas to Jackson Pollock and Cindy Sherman. Lawler, an insider to New York City's Eighties art scene, was included in the Whitney Biennial 2000 testimony to her continued importance. This first monograph compiles work from the past 20 years and was edited under her guidance. In addition to large color reproductions, the book offers a short introductory essay by Johannes Meinhardt and an interview with the artist by Douglas Crimp. Recommended for all libraries with collections in contemporary art. D'Arcy Curwen, Bryn Mawr Coll., PA
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A beautiful collection of the work of contemporary artist Louise Lawler, who, for the past twenty years, has photographed art as it is situated and displayed, whether in private homes, public buildings, or museums, galleries, and auction houses. From an exhibition of Degas's materpieces to an Andy Warhol installation, this book invites you to discover Lawler's unique vision of modern and contemporary art. Lawler 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, what it means. In a Lawler photograph taken in a private home, the furnishings and objects surrounding the art are given as much attention as the art; in a museum, the view out of a window next to the artwork; in an auction house, the label identifying the artwork. Her striking and provocative photographs show us how the environment that surrounds it affects our perception of art and how it in turn affects all aspects of that environment.