Louise Lawler (1947 - ) is a New York photographer and installation artist who uses her work to cast doubt onto the motives and modes of viewing and presenting art. This Pictures Generation artist blends appropriation and institutional critique to produce images that force us to confront the fetishistic commodification of art. Lawler's reflexive work draws attention to strategies of display by deploying them, curating emphatically traditional exhibitions and capturing images of invaluable works of art in their natural environment, which is to say, the collector's mantelpiece. Lawler participated in an exhibition at The Kitchen early on in her career, presenting work alongside Sherrie Levine, Steven Parrino, and others in the Winter 1985 show An Anticipated Ruin.
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