Sarah Charlesworth explored an array of artistic expressions, from conceptual photography in the 1970s, appropriation of images associated with the Pictures Generation in the 1980s, and studio-based photography using props and setups beginning in the 1990s. At each turn, her growth as an artist paralleled the evolution of photography as a contemporary medium. This richly illustrated monograph offers a historical perspective on Charlesworth’s art and reflects extensive access to her archive, including notebooks, sketchbooks, diaries, studio logs, test prints, and many never-before-published images, revealing her thought processes over time and their articulation within and across her career. Opening with a chronological essay followed by examinations of particular aspects of the artist’s evolving practice, the book reevaluates and clarifies Charlesworth’s impact as a photographer, writer, and theorist.
ROCHELLE STEINER is a Los Angeles–based curator, writer, and Professor of Critical Studies at the Roski School of Art & Design at the University of Southern California.
ERIC CROSBY is Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh.
MARK GODFREY is Senior Curator, International Art (Europe and Americas), at the Tate, London.
Rebecca Morse is Associate Curator at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.