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Louise Lawler (American, b.1947)

Photography

Birth Place: Bronxville (Westchester county, New York state, United States)

Biography:

Who is photographer Louise Lawler?

Louise Lawler is an American photographer who is best known for her photos of other artists’ work. Her photos place special emphasis on the artistic method, space, and even materials used to create each piece. These pieces often show the life cycle of a piece of art, whether that means showing it being installed in a gallery, inside of a private residence, or even inside the artist’s workshop or studio space. Lawler is extremely well known in the photography world and is most closely associated with the famed Pictures Generation, which also includes the likes of fellow luminaries Cindy Sherman and Laurie Simmons.

Louise Lawler’s unique approach and singular artistic vision have made her pieces extremely desirable for both private collectors and large galleries. She has pieces in the collection at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney, the Guggenheim, LACMA, the Tate, Centre Georges Pompidou, and countless others. Her pieces routinely sell for five figures or more and she has been recognized by countless organizations for her contributions to art photography.

What kind of art does Louise Lawler make?

Louise Lawler photographs other pieces of art. These photographs have various settings, but very rarely are of a dry and barren studio space or gallery. Instead, Lawler’s pieces breathe life into the art world, showing how the subject is affected by the context and backdrop of where they are presented. Her piece Monogram Arranged by Mr. and Mrs. Burton Tremaine, New York City (1984) is one of her most famous and features the famous Jasper Johns’ painting, White Flag (1958). In addition to her photography, Louise Lawler has produced several books of her photography, the most recent being Twice Untitled and Other Pictures which was published by MIT Press in 2006.

How did photographer Louise Lawler get started?

Louise Lawler was born in 1947 in Bronxville, New York, just 15 miles north of Midtown Manhattan. She was obsessed with art from an early age, eventually enrolling at Cornell University where she received a BFA in fine art. When she was 22, the young Lawler moved to Manhattan where she got a job at the famed Castelli Gallery. It was there that she met Janelle Reiring, the future founder of Metro Pictures, who helped Lawler’s fledgling career get off the ground. Initially, Lawler’s pieces centered on objects inside several collector’s homes. During this time she also explored conceptual and installation art. Lawler’s big break came at the dawn of the 1980s, when her photography was featured at a solo exhibition at the famous Jancar Kuhlenschmidt Gallery in Los Angeles.

How much are Louise Lawler prints worth?

Louse Lawler’s photographs can be worth around $15,000 for a minor work to over $100,000 for her best sellers. Typically, the range of Lawler’s pieces is around $20,000 to $40,000. The most ever paid at auction for a Louise Lawler photograph is $125,600 for the piece, Monogram Arranged by Mr. and Mrs. Burton Tremaine, New York City (1984) which sold November 8, 2004. It was a photograph of the famous Jasper Johns’ painting, White Flag (1955). This was by far the highest selling piece for Lawler, outperforming her next highest sale by nearly $30,000.

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