Gender roles and identity, reality and its distortion, and the psychologically loaded myth of “normal life” are recurrent themes in Laurie Simmons’s work. Taken chronologically, her career has followed a trajectory from miniature to full size, black-and-white to color, mechanical to human. Over more than four decades, the artist’s authentic gaze has remained unflinching, whether she is composing tableaux of plastic figurines and props, or painting the eyelids of glamorous models and transforming them into doll-like humans with an unsettling stare. Her well-known series, such as “Walking and Lying Objects” and “The Instant Decorator,” are featured here along with lesser-known series that explore underwater photography, self-portraiture, and a feature film starring Meryl Streep and a plastic dummy. The book includes an essay on Simmons's early iconic photographs, while other writings take closer looks at specific and more recent series. Renowned art historian and curator Michael Auping’s interview with Simmons rounds out this book.
ANDREA KARNES is Senior Curator at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth in Texas.
Michael Auping is the Chief Curator of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas. His books include 30 Years: Interviews and Outtakes, Anselm Kiefer: Heaven and Earth, and Declaring Space (all by Prestel).
Carroll Dunham is a painter based in New York.
Omar Kholeif is Curator at the Whitechapel Gallery in London, Senior Editor at Ibraaz Publishing, and the author of numerous books on art.
LYNNE TILLMAN is a novelist, cultural critic, and Professor/Writer-in-Residence at the University of Albany.
Hardcover, 256 pages, 23,0 x 30,5 cm, 170 color illustrations, 75 b/w illustrations
$ 60.00 | £ 45.00
Publishing House: Prestel
US October 22, 2018
UK October 22, 2018