Laurie Simmons  (American, 1949) 

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Laurie Simmons (American, born October 3, 1949) is a photographer and filmmaker associated with the Pictures Generation group of artists, and best known for her images of dollhouses, puppets, and dummies. Born in Long Island, NY, Simmons graduated from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia in 1971, and moved to New York in 1973. Her early work depicts dollhouses that evoke Dutch paintings of interiors and the advertisements found in 1950s housekeeping magazines. She questions the veracity of photographic realism and the stereotypes of American culture, as in her Cowboys (1979) series, which places cowboy figurines in outdoor settings and compositions that replicate realistic scale and proportion. Simmons series of dolls and dummies includes Talking Objects (1987–1989) and Walking and Lying Objects (1987–1989), which depict objects such as guns, cameras, and model houses with legs attached. In all of these photographs, Simmons seeks to animate her inanimate subjects and give them psychological expression. In her recent film, Music of Regret (2006), a woman—played by Meryl Streep—is chased by six dummy suitors. Simmons has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 1997 and the National Endowment for the Arts in 1984. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the Whitney Biennials of 1985 and 1991. She lives and works in New York.

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Laurie Simmons, The Instant Decorator

 

Laurie Simmons
The Instant Decorator
2004

Oxenberg Fine Art
Laurie Simmons, Man/Sky/Puddle

 

Laurie Simmons
Man/Sky/Puddle
1979

Susan L. Halper Fine Art Inc.
Laurie Simmons, Untitled

 

Laurie Simmons
Untitled
2000

Adam Baumgold Gallery
Laurie Simmons, Coral Living Room with Lillies

 

Laurie Simmons
Coral Living Room with Lillies
1983

Adam Baumgold Gallery
Laurie Simmons, Yellow Dining Room

 

Laurie Simmons
Yellow Dining Room
1983

Adam Baumgold Gallery
Laurie Simmons, The Love Doll/Day 29 (Nude with Dog)

 

Laurie Simmons
The Love Doll/Day 29 (Nude with Dog)
2011

Baldwin Gallery
Laurie Simmons, The Love Doll/Day 33 (Geisha Moonlight)

 

Laurie Simmons
The Love Doll/Day 33 (Geisha Moonlight)
2011

Baldwin Gallery
Laurie Simmons, The Love Doll/Day 36 (Rachel as Geisha)

 

Laurie Simmons
The Love Doll/Day 36 (Rachel as Geisha)
2011

Baldwin Gallery
Laurie Simmons, The Love Doll/Day 32 (Blue Geisha Close-up)

 

Laurie Simmons
The Love Doll/Day 32 (Blue Geisha Close-up)
2011

Baldwin Gallery
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Laurie Simmons, Dummy/Beach I

 

Laurie Simmons
Dummy/Beach I, 1990
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Laurie Simmons, Blonde/Red Dress/Kitchen

 

Laurie Simmons
Blonde/Red Dress/Kitchen, 1978
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Laurie Simmons, Holiday Petit Fours

 

Laurie Simmons
Holiday Petit Fours, 1991
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1949   Born Long Island, New York, 3 October
1971   B.F.A., Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia
1984   National Endowment for the Arts Grant
1997   Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship
2005   Roy Lichtenstein Residency in Visual Arts, The American Academy in Rome
2006   Distinguished Alumni Award, Temple University
  Lives in New York City
2008   Laurie Simmons, Distrito Cuatro Galeria de Arte, Spain, Art Basel Miami Beach
2007   Photographs 1998, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO
2007   Laurie Simmons, Distrito Cu4tro, Madrid, Spain
2007   Color Coordinated Interiors 1983, Skarstedt Gallery, New York
2007   Laurie Simmons: The Music of Regret and Other Works, The Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn, New York, NY
2006   The Music of Regret, European premiere, Tate Modern, London, UK
2006   The Music of Regret, European premiere, Tate Modern, London, UK
2006   Laurie Simmons, Sperone Westwater, New York, NY
2006   Laurie Simmons: Long House and The Boxes, Greenberg Van Doren, St. Louis, MO
2005   Laurie Simmons: New Photographs, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO
2005   Laurie Simmons: The Long House, Distrito Cu4tro, Madrid, Spain
2005   Laurie Simmons, Terrazzo Gallery, Sperone Westwater, New York, NY
2004   The Instant Decorator, Sperone Westwater, New York, NY
2002   Early Photographs 1978-1979, Skarstedt Fine Art, New York, NY
2002   Galerie 20/21, Essen, Germany
2001   Laurie Simmons, 23 November – 24 December 2001, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO
2000   Laurie Simmons & Peter Wheelwright: Kaleidoscope House, Deitch Projects, New York, NY
2000   Skarstedt Fine Art, New York, NY
1998   Dorfman Projects, New York, NY
1998   Metro Pictures, New York, NY