Why Pictures NowLouise Lawler

The Museum of Modern Art,
New York


Louise Lawler’s work has been exceptionally generative of new theories of representation. For the past 
forty years, she has raised questions about art—about the circumstances that produce it, its circulation, and the institutional frameworks in which it appears. Many of the ideas that arise out of her work
relate to the concept of reception, the belief that the meaning of an artwork shifts and morphs depending on who looks at it and where it is seen. Lawler is best known for her arrangements of pictures—images of art works displayed in collectors’ homes, museums, storage spaces, and auction houses. An influential figure of the Pictures Generation, she has used the photographic medium to examine the cultural circumstances that support art’s creation and exchange.
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