Louise Lawler  (American, 1947) 

Louise Lawler (American, b.1947) is a photographer and Conceptual artist best known for her critical framing of art institutions. She earned a BFA at Cornell University in 1969, and began working in the tradition of a previous generation of artists associated with Institutional Critique, including Marcel Broodthaers (Belgian, 1924–1976), Daniel Buren (French, b.1938), Hans Haacke (American/German, b.1936), and Michael Asher (American, b.1943). By calling attention to the various venues that display art—such as museums, auction houses, and private collections—Lawler questions the role of commercial forces in determining the work’s original value. Her photograph Pollock and Tureen (1984) shows the home of a private collector, juxtaposing a Chinese tureen with a painting by Jackson Pollock (American, 1912–1956). On a much larger stage, Lawler’s photographs Not the way you remembered (Venice)—her contribution to the exhibition Sequence One: Painting and Sculpture from the François Pinault Collection (2006-2007)—document the exhibition’s installation process. The title suggests the involvement of François Pinault, collector and owner of Christie’s auction house, as well as the “you” of the audience. Lawler’s work can be found in major collections around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, and Tate Britain in London. Her work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York in its 1991, 2002, and 2008 biennials, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C., the Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Basel, and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.

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Louise Lawler, Hedge Fund (Sugar)


Louise Lawler
Hedge Fund (Sugar)

Sprüth Magers Berlin London
Louise Lawler, Civilian


Louise Lawler

Sprüth Magers Berlin London
Louise Lawler, No Drones (adjusted to fit)


Louise Lawler
No Drones (adjusted to fit)

Sprüth Magers Berlin London
Louise Lawler, Untitled


Louise Lawler

Rita Krauss Fine Art
Louise Lawler, Discernible Difference


Louise Lawler
Discernible Difference
Galerie Fluegel-Roncak
Louise Lawler, Untitled


Louise Lawler
Hamburg Kennedy Photographs
Louise Lawler, High Noon (Green)


Louise Lawler
High Noon (Green)

Yvon Lambert
Louise Lawler, Blackberry


Louise Lawler

Yvon Lambert
Louise Lawler, Hedge Fund (Sugar)


Louise Lawler
Hedge Fund (Sugar)

Yvon Lambert
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Louise Lawler, Going


Louise Lawler
Going, 2001-2002
c-print, mntd on museum box


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Louise Lawler, Fragment, Frame, Text


Louise Lawler
Fragment, Frame, Text "Reportedly He Worked As A Pastry Cook", 1989
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Louise Lawler, Prominence Given: Authority Taken (6 works)


Louise Lawler
Prominence Given: Authority Taken (6 works)
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1947   Born in Bronxville, New York; lives in New York City
1969   Attended Cornell University (BFA)
2012 - 2013   This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
2012   Spies in the House of Art Photography, Film and Video, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
2012   Histories de L’art, VOX Centre de l’image contemporaine, Montreal
2012   Spies in the House of Art Photography, Film and Video, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
2012   Histories de L’art, VOX Centre de l’image contemporaine, Montreal
2012   Louise Lawler, Galerie Neue Meister, Albertinum, Dresden (solo)
2011 - 2012   The Deconstructive Impulse: Women Aritsts Reconfigure the Signs of Power, 1973-1991, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, New York; Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Museum of Art, Purchase College, New York; Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
2011   No Substitute, Glenstone Foundation, Potomac, Maryland
2011   Shared Intelligence: American Painting and the Photograph, The Georgia O’keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2011   After Images, Jewish Museum of Belgium, Brussels
2011   Museum of Desires, MUMOK, Vienna
2011   The World Belongs To You, Palazzo Grassi, Venice
2011   Fitting at Metro Pictures, Metro Pictures, New York (solo)
2011   No Drones, Sprüth Magers, London (solo)
2010 - 2011   Taking Place, The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
2010 - 2011   Hyper Real, Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna
2010 - 2011   Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography, Museum of Modern Art, New York
2010   Hareng Saur: Ensor and Contemporary Art, S.M.A.K./Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent
2010   Untitled (Ohne Titel), Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Berlin
2010   Sound & Vision, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
2010   El Gabinete Blanco, The Jumex Collection, Mexico City
2010   Adaptation: Between Species, The Power Plant, Toronto
2010   Later, Yvon Lambert, Paris (solo)
2009 - 2010   See This Sound: Promises in Sound and Vision, Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz
2009 - 2010   See This Sound: Promises in Sound and Vision, Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz
2009 - 2010   Mondernologies: Contemporary Artists Researching Modernity and Modernism, Museu d’Art Contemporani, Barcelona; Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw
2009 - 2010   Beg Borrow and Steal, The Rubell Family Collection Museum, Miami
2009 - 2010   Where Do We Go From Here: Selections from the Jumex Collection, Bass Museum of Art, Miami
2009   Nothingness and Being, The Jumex Collection, Mexico City
2009   The Quick and the Dead, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
2009   The Pictures Generation: 1974-1984, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
2009   Sprüth Magers, Berlin (solo)
2008   Sucked In, Blown Out, Obviously Indebted or One Foot in Front of the Other, Metro Pictures, New York (solo)
2008   Whitney Biennial 2008, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
2008   The Museum as Medium, Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo, Spain
2008   Blasted Allegories: Works from the Ringier Collection, Kunstmuseum, Luzern
2008   Metro Pictures, New York
2008   Political Corect, BFAS Blondeau Fine Art Services, Geneva
2007 - 2008   Where is the nearest camera?, Sprüth Magers, London (solo)
2007   Metro Pictures, New York
2007   Not for Sale, P.S. 1, New York
2007   The 80’s: A Topography, Fundação Serralves, Porto, Portugal
2007   Sequence 1: Selections from the Collection of François Pinault, Palazzo Grassi, Venice
2007   The Tremaine Pictures 1984-2007, BFAS Blondeau Fine Art Services, Geneva
2007   Studio Guenzani, Milan
2007   No Official Estimate, Yvon Lambert, Paris
2007   Documenta 12, Aue-Pavillon, Kassel
2007   Museum Ludwig, Cologne
2007   Held Together With Water, Sammlung Verbund, MAK, Vienna
2007   Edit! Photography and Film in the Ellipse Collection, The Ellipse Foundation: Contemporary Art Collection, Portugal
2006   Twice Untitled and Other Pictures (looking back), curated by Helen Molesworth, Wexner Center, Ohio
2006   Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
2005   Louise Lawler, National Museum of Art, Oslo
2005   In and Out of Place: Louise Lawler and Andy Warhol, Dia, Beacon
2004   Looking Forward, Metro Pictures, New York
2004   Louise Lawler and Others, Museum for Gugenwartskunst, Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland
2004   The Big Nothing, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
2004   Not There, Sprüth Magers Lee, London (solo)
2003   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, MN; (cat.); Designs for Living, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles
2003   Selected Works 1980-2000, 5 Rue de la Muse, Geneva; Probably Not in the Show, Portikus, Frankfurt; New Walls, Yvon Lambert, Paris; Add to It, Portikus, Frankfurt (solo)
2002   Open House, Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg; Visions from America: Photographs from the Whitney Museum of American Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (cat.); Extension, Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden; Life, Death, Love, Hate, Pleasure, Pain, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
2001   American Art, Galerie Rudolfinum, The Centre of Contemporary Art, Prague, Czech Republic (cat.); Body Double: Figures of Figures, Des Moines Art Center, Iowa; Televisions, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
2001   More Pictures and Other Pictures, Galerie Meert Rihoux, Brussels; Dunn-Rite and Other Pictures, Studio Guenzani, Milan; Controlled Temperature, Art & Public, Geneva (solo)
2000   Paint, Wood, Plaster, Fabric, Glass and Other Pictures, Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles; More Pictures, Neugerriemschneider, Berlin (solo)
2000   Rot grau, (red grey) Kunsthalle Basel, Basel "Whitney Biennial," Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (cat.)
2000   Galerie Meert Rihoux, Brussels
1999   The Museum as Muse, Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (cat.); Shelf Life, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York; Triennale Exhibition: Sentiment of the Year 2000, Triennale di Milano, Milan
1999   Hand On Her Back, and Other Pictures, Monika Sprüth Galerie, Cologne; 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 (solo)
1998   Pictures That May or May Not Go Together, Gallery Larsen, Stockholm (solo)
1997   Monochrome, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. (brochure with text by Phyllis Rosenzweig); Farbe, Wände, Bilder, Monika Sprüth Galerie (solo)
1997   Collected, The Photographer's Gallery, London; 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 (cat.); Moving Images, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig
1996   Cultural Economies: Histories from the Alternative, The Drawing Center, New York; Fixed Intervals (two-person exhibition with Allan McCollum), John Weber Gallery, New York; Art at Home: Ideal Standard Life, Spiral Garden, Tokyo; Comme Un Oiseau, la Fondation Cartier pour l'art Contemporain, Paris; 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
1996   It Could Be Elvis and Other Pictures, Galerie Six Friedrich, Munich S.L Simpson Gallery, Toronto (solo)
1995   A Spot on the Wall, Munich Kunstverein, Germany (solo)
1995   The End(s) of the Museum, Fundacio Antoni Tapies, Barcelona; Passions Privees, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
1994   Radical Scavenger(s): The Conceptual Vernacular in Recent American Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Die Orte der Kunst, Sprengel Museum, Hannover; The Century of the Multiple: From Duchamp to the Present, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg; 4 x 1 im Albertinum, Gemaldegalerie Neue Meister, Staatliche Kunstammlungen Dresden (cat.); Temporary Translation(s): Sammlung Schurmann, Deichtorhallen Hamburg
1994   Press-papiers, cartes postales, images et cannibalisme, Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva; External Stimulation, Galleria Klemens Gasser, Bolzano, Italy; Monika Spruth Galerie, Cologne; Studio Guenzani, Milan (and 2001) (solo)
1994   Galerie Meert Rihoux, Brussels
1991   Galerie Meert Rihoux, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
1988   Galerie Meert Rihoux, Brussels