Big Camera/Little Camera
Accompanying a major survey of the work of the American artist Laurie Simmons, this generously illustrated book features every important step of her ever-evolving career—from small black-and-white photographs of miniature furniture to large-scale, full color images featuring life-sized Japanese dolls.
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.
Silver leatherette material with a tipped-on image and black foil stamping with silver gilding on the book block.
ANDREA KARNES is Senior Curator at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth in Texas.
Omar Kholeif is a writer, curator, editor, and broadcaster. Over the last decade he has curated and/or commissioned more than 100 exhibitions and artists’ works, and authored or edited more than twenty books and catalogues on global modern and contemporary art. He is the former Manilow Senior Curator and Director of Global Initiatives at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and Curator at the Whitechapel Gallery, London.