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Louise Lawler

One Show on Top of the Other

Louise Lawler, One Show on Top of the Other. Installation view, 2021. Metro Pictures, New York.

Louise Lawler presents two exhibitions––one on top of the other.

Distorted for the Times is a selection of Lawler’s works that have been digitally altered to render a sense of unease, as what is to be seen is abstracted into something illegible. Lawler has taken photographs of artworks in various locations and recontextualized them throughout her career. In 2011, she began making works that are "adjusted to fit"—meaning the photograph’s original aspect ratio has been adjusted to match the dimensions of the wall on which it is installed, allowing the scale, location, and environment to directly transform the artwork. In 2017, she began applying digital filters to distort selected images. Three of these distorted and/or adjusted vinyl works are on view here, along with a selection of mounted photographs including Hair and Fur (both 2005/2019), closely cropped images of a Maurizio Cattelan artwork using taxidermied animals and an Andy Warhol fright wig self-portrait.

Louise Lawler, One Show on Top of the Other. Installation view, 2021. Metro Pictures, New York.

A Given (Red, Yellow, Blue) presents the artist’s Traced and Painted works together as a group for the first time. In these works, Lawler has painted small sections of print versions of her Traced works––black-and-white images created from tracings of her photographs made by artist and illustrator Jon Buller. The selected application of gouache in the primary colors red, yellow, and blue, its own art historical ‘given,’ abstracts the images even further than do the tracings. The areas the artist chose to paint complicate the hierarchy of what is given prominence.

The two shows are presented simultaneously—one on top of the other.

Louise Lawler work 'Dots and Slices (traced and painted), Sixth'

Dots and Slices (traced and painted), Sixth, 2006/2013/2021.
Archival pigment print with silver metal leafing,
Image 36 1/2 x 29 3/4 inches (92.7 x 75.6 cm),
Frame 42 1/2 x 35 5/8 inches (108 x 90.5 cm).

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Louise Lawler work 'Dots and Slices (traced and painted), Seventh'

Dots and Slices (traced and painted), Seventh, 2006/2013/2021.
Archival pigment print with silver metal leafing,
Image 36 1/2 x 29 3/4 inches (92.7 x 75.6 cm),
Frame 42 1/2 x 35 5/8 inches (108 x 90.5 cm).

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Louise Lawler work 'Dots and Slices (traced and painted), Eighth'

Dots and Slices (traced and painted), Eighth, 2006/2013/2021.
Archival pigment print with silver metal leafing,
Image 36 1/2 x 29 3/4 inches (92.7 x 75.6 cm),
Frame 42 1/2 x 35 5/8 inches (108 x 90.5 cm).

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Louise Lawler work 'Dots and Slices (traced and painted), First'

Dots and Slices (traced and painted), First, 2006/2013/2021.
Archival pigment print with gouache,
Image 5 x 4 inches (12.7 x 10.2 cm),
Frame 9 3/16 x 7 7/8 inches (23.3 x 20 cm).

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Louise Lawler work 'Dots and Slices (traced and painted), Second'

Dots and Slices (traced and painted), Second, 2006/2013/2021.
Archival pigment print with gouache,
Image 5 x 4 inches (12.7 x 10.2 cm),
Frame 9 3/16 x 7 7/8 inches (23.3 x 20 cm).

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Louise Lawler work 'Dots and Slices (traced and painted), Third'

Dots and Slices (traced and painted), Third, 2006/2013/2021.
Archival pigment print with gouache,
Image 5 x 4 inches (12.7 x 10.2 cm),
Frame 9 3/16 x 7 7/8 inches (23.3 x 20 cm).

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Louise Lawler work 'Life Expectancy (traced and painted), First'

Life Expectancy (traced and painted), First, 2010/2018/2020.
Archival pigment print with gouache,
Image 18 1/2 x 14 3/4 inches (47 x 37.5 cm),
Frame 24 7/8 x 20 3/4 inches (63.2 x 52.7 cm).

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Louise Lawler work 'Life Expectancy (traced and painted), Second'

Life Expectancy (traced and painted), Second, 2010/2018/2020.
Archival pigment print with gouache,
Image 18 1/2 x 14 3/4 inches (47 x 37.5 cm),
Frame 24 7/8 x 20 3/4 inches (63.2 x 52.7 cm).

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Louise Lawler work 'Life Expectancy (traced and painted), Third'

Life Expectancy (traced and painted), Third, 2010/2018/2020.
Archival pigment print with gouache,
Image 18 1/2 x 14 3/4 inches (47 x 37.5 cm),
Frame 24 7/8 x 20 3/4 inches (63.2 x 52.7 cm).

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Louise Lawler work 'Chandelier (traced and painted), Third'

Chandelier (traced and painted), Third, 2001/2007/2013/2020.
Archival pigment print with gouache,
Image 19 1/4 x 15 1/2 inches (48.9 x 39.4 cm),
Frame 25 5/8 x 21 1/2 inches (65.1 x 54.6 cm).

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Louise Lawler work 'Chandelier (traced and painted), Fourth'

Chandelier (traced and painted), Fourth, 2001/2007/2013/2020.
Archival pigment print with gouache,
Image 19 1/4 x 15 1/2 inches (48.9 x 39.4 cm),
Frame 25 5/8 x 21 1/2 inches (65.1 x 54.6 cm).

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Louise Lawler work 'Chandelier (traced and painted), Fifth'

Chandelier (traced and painted), Fifth, 2001/2007/2013/2020.
Archival pigment print with gouache,
Image 19 1/4 x 15 1/2 inches (48.9 x 39.4 cm),
Frame 25 5/8 x 21 1/2 inches (65.1 x 54.6 cm).

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Louise Lawler work 'Hand on Her Back (traced and painted), Fourth'

Hand on Her Back (traced and painted), Fourth, 1997/1998/2013/2020.
Archival pigment print with gouache,
Image 6 1/4 x 4 7/16 inches (15.9 x 11.3 cm),
Frame 10 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches (26.7 x 21.6 cm).

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Louise Lawler work 'Hand on Her Back (traced and painted), Fifth'

Hand on Her Back (traced and painted), Fifth, 1997/1998/2013/2020.
Archival pigment print with gouache,
Image 6 1/4 x 4 7/16 inches (15.9 x 11.3 cm),
Frame 10 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches (26.7 x 21.6 cm).

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Louise Lawler work 'Hand on Her Back (traced and painted), Sixth'

Hand on Her Back (traced and painted), Sixth, 1997/1998/2013/2020.
Archival pigment print with gouache,
Image 6 1/4 x 4 7/16 inches (15.9 x 11.3 cm),
Frame 10 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches (26.7 x 21.6 cm).

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Louise Lawler work 'Water to Skin (traced and painted), First'

Water to Skin (traced and painted), First, 2016/2020.
Archival pigment print with gouache,
Image 6 x 4 1/4 inches (15.2 x 10.8 cm),
Frame 10 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches (26 x 21 cm).

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Louise Lawler work 'Water to Skin (traced and painted), Second'

Water to Skin (traced and painted), Second, 2016/2020.
Archival pigment print with gouache,
Image 6 x 4 1/4 inches (15.2 x 10.8 cm),
Frame 10 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches (26 x 21 cm).

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Louise Lawler work 'Water to Skin (traced and painted), Third'

Water to Skin (traced and painted), Third, 2016/2020.
Archival pigment print with gouache,
Image 6 x 4 1/4 inches (15.2 x 10.8 cm),
Frame 10 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches (26 x 21 cm).

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Louise Lawler photograph 'That Looks Nice (distorted for the times)'

That Looks Nice (distorted for the times), 2015/2016/2018.
Digital Fujiflex print face mounted to Plexiglas on museum box,
25 x 19 inches (63.5 x 48.3 cm).

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Louise Lawler photograph 'Corner (distorted for the times, perturbée)'

Corner (distorted for the times, perturbée), 2014/2018.
Digital Fujiflex face mounted to Plexiglas on museum box,
26 x 21 3/8 inches (66 x 54.3 cm).

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Louise Lawler photograph 'Hair'

Hair, 2005/2019.
Direct Cibachrome face mounted to Plexiglas on museum box,
55 7/8 x 38 inches (141.9 x 96.5 cm).

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Louise Lawler mural 'That Looks Nice (adjusted to fit, distorted for the times)'

That Looks Nice (adjusted to fit, distorted for the times), 2015/2016/2018/2021.
Adhesive wall material, dimensions variable to match proportions of a given wall at any scale determined by exhibitor.

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Louise Lawler mural 'Corner (adjusted to fit, distorted for the times, perturbée)'

Corner (adjusted to fit, distorted for the times, perturbée), 2014/2018/2021.
Adhesive wall material, dimensions variable to match proportions of a given wall at any scale determined by exhibitor.

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Louise Lawler mural 'Hair (adjusted to fit)'

Hair (adjusted to fit), 2005/2019/2021.
Adhesive wall material, dimensions variable to match proportions of a given wall at any scale determined by exhibitor.

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Lawler was the subject of a one-person exhibition, WHY PICTURES NOW, at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 2017. Additional one-person exhibitions include Adjusted, Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2013); Twice Untitled and Other Pictures (Looking Back), Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio (2006); Louise Lawler and Andy Warhol: In and Out of Place, Dia Beacon, New York (2005); and Louise Lawler and Others, Museum for Gegenwartskunst, Basel (2004). She has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; MoMA PS1, New York; MUMOK, Vienna; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and the Whitney Museum, New York, which has additionally featured the artist in its 1991, 2000, and 2008 biennials.

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