Chicago (placed and pulled)
Lawler has long been challenging the limits of contemporary art through images, and is considered to be a prominent member of the Pictures Generation. In contrast, Hunt’s paintings are a meditation on the personal, providing an inward look at memory and space. The two works are drawn together by the intimacy of the display, complemented by the setting of the private townhouse gallery.
Lawler’s work provides a critical examination of the way art is displayed, documented and reprocessed. Lawler’s work Stretch and Pull takes a significant image from her archive and stretches it vertically the entire height of the space. The image is of the institutionalized artwork of Edgar Degas—a sculpture of fourteen year-old ballet dancer, Marie Geneviéve van Goethem—and is photographed and cropped from behind. Once placed and pulled, it transforms into smeared abstractions, occupying a new time and space that is disconnected from the photograph’s originating moment.
Louise Lawler (Born 1947, Bronxville, New York) lives and works in New York. A retrospective of the artist’s work is currently on view at the Museum Ludwig, Köln through January 26, 2014. Louise Lawler has had one-person exhibitions at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio (2006); Dia:Beacon, Beacon, New York (2005); the Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel (2004); Portikus, Frankfurt (2003); and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. (1997).
Her work was included in Documenta XII, Kassel, Germany and the 1991, 2000, and 2008 Whitney Biennials, New York. Lawler’s work is held in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum, LACMA, the Art Institute of Chicago, and Tate Modern, among others.