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Louise Lawler
Triangle (adjusted to fit)

September 2 – October 1, 2014
Next to the High Line at West 18th Street and 10th Avenue


In the early 1970s, Louise Lawler began looking critically at the ways in which art was displayed outside the artist’s studio, photographing other artists’ works, but cropping her compositions in unexpected ways in order to shift attention to the works’ surroundings. A staple in art historical discussions of institutional critique, Lawler’s photographs challenge the viewer to think about the context in which works of art are displayed, and subsequently the overlooked aesthetic choices made by the places in which they are viewed, sold, and stored. Examining settings ranging from museums to collectors’ homes, from storage spaces to auction houses, Lawler’s practice provides a critical insight into understanding the way we experience art.

For the High Line, Lawler presents Triangle (adjusted to fit) (2008/2009/2011), an image taken in a room at Sotheby’s in New York which features works by Minimalism and Conceptual Art icons Donald Judd, Frank Stella, and Sol LeWitt. These three artworks are interrupted by the wavering shadow of a foot exiting the picture on the left, and are given almost equal weight by their reflections in the polished brown floor of the exhibition space. The photograph has been stretched to fill the entire length of the 25 x 75 foot billboard. Part of a series of stretched photographs presented as adhesive vinyl murals Lawler began making in 2006 in which she expands her images to fit the location of their display, the work suggests large-scale advertising formats even when viewed in more intimate, interior settings. This relatively new body of work highlights Lawler’s shifts in view point as the image printed on the vinyl surface stretches, and embody yet another chapter in her decades-long engagement with spaces and methods of display.

Photos by Timothy Schenck.

Louise Lawler

Louise Lawler (b. 1947, New York) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Recent solo exhibitions include No Drones at Metro Pictures, New York (2014); Sprüth Magers, Berlin and London (2014); Yvon Lambert, Paris (2014); Galerie Gretta Meert, Brussels (2014); and Studio Guenzani, Milan (2014). Additional select solo exhibitions include Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany (2013); and Galerie Neue Meister, Albertinum, Dresden (2012); Wexner Center, Columbus, Ohio (2006); and Dia:Beacon, Beacon, New York (2005). Recent group exhibitions include Spies in the House of Art Photography, Film and Video, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2012); This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics, which traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2012); Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2012); and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2012 – 2013). Lawler’s work has been featured in major international exhibitions including the Whitney Biennial, New York (2008, 2000, and 1991); documenta 12, Kassel, Germany (2007); and the 10th Biennale of Sydney (1996).


High Line Art is presented by Friends of the High Line and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. High Line Art is made possible by Donald R. Mullen, Jr. and The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston, with additional support from Vital Projects Fund, Inc. High Line Art is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. In-kind support provided by Maharam.

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