250 Vesey Street
New York, NY 10281
This artwork is not open to the public
Lawler never leaves any doubt that the only reason she is able to analyze art’s contradictory system is because she herself participates in it to a certain extent. It is in this spirit that she also questions the iconic quality of some of her own works by continuously reframing and restaging them. In an act of ironic self-emptying, she transforms some of her best-known photographs into what she calls “tracings”— black-and-white coloring book templates that are affixed to the wall as wallpaper.
Bulbs (traced), 2005/2006/2019
Vinyl adhesive wall material
5’0”w x 5’0”h
Louise Lawler is a contemporary Conceptual American artist. A prominent member of the Pictures Generation, Lawler’s work interrogates the art market and the forces behind it, using photographs of art objects taken in collector’s homes, museums, auction houses, and storage facilities.