Before there was Damien Hirst or Jeff Koons and their brand of self-aware, “meta” art that serves as both commentary and appropriation, there was Louise Lawler. Born in 1947, the photographer’s work focuses on challenging prevailing art worlds, and systems of aesthetics. Under the assumption that taste and style is merely a byproduct of institutional spheres of influence, her work is cheeky – always presented with a wink. Along with other greats like Cindy Sherman and Barbara Krueger, these art stars came to be known as “The Pictures Generation” due to an eponymous exhibition at the Met.
Louise Lawler, 87, 63, 93/2000, (1993-2000), Cibachrome, Metro Pictures
Some of her best-known works include photographs of uniformed art handlers carefully transporting a Gerhard Richter painting (as if it were an holy relic, or a vestige of a lost culture) and a Damien Hirst spin-painting shown through a closet door.
Here is a modern take on a vaguely antiqued, yet very minimal room:
- Jonathan Adler Smart Phone Dock: Cast in the shape of a rotary telephone, this porcelain docking station will keep a smartphone secure with a dash of old school style.
- Ore International Off White Ceramic Table Lamp: A simple, contoured design adds a decorative element to any room. Topped with cream-colored nylon shade.
- A Modern Digital Illustration by ColourscapeStudio: “I’ve nicknamed this piece the Yarn Ball… it came to me as I was unpacking my craft box after moving house. I’d never really noticed the lines before other than a rolled up ball! Perfect for a minimalist home in neutrals, or your craft room in bright and cheerful colors, this print will certainly get some attention.”
- The MIAC Whirlwind Jute Rug in Natural/Iron: Made as part of an exclusive collection of handwoven rugs with Santa Fe’s Museum of Indian Arts & Culture (MIAC). Hand braided from handspun jute by artisans in India, the printed pattern is inspired by design elements from an early 20th century Native basket.
- Brick White Quilts and Shams by Villa Home: Welcome to the world of incomparable comfort, beauty and style. Enter an oasis of serenity: your bed, made with sumptuous Villa bedding designed to create a splendid haven, a place to escape the demands of everyday life.
- “Dream” Sparkler art print by Lucy Hodkiewicz: Everyone’s favorite summer activity, drawing with sparklers, expertly captured in an instant.
- Safavieh Bali Brown Nesting Tables: A transitional design and an easy-to-match brown finish. The table can be un-stacked to add extra table space when entertaining. Made in Indonesia; a piece of paradise in your home.
As seen on many feminist artist’s prints and advertisements, and quoted by Louise Lawler, “Whenever I hear the word culture I take out my checkbook.”