Louise Lawler
No Drones
November 23–December 23, 2011
London

Sprüth Magers London is delighted to present an exhibition of new work by American artist Louise Lawler in her first UK solo show in four years. For the artist’s third exhibition at the London gallery, Lawler reveals a series of photographs presented as mounted prints and vinyl murals that have been stretched and adjusted to fit the gallery walls.

Louise Lawler’s artistic practice explores the presentation of artwork and the context in which it is viewed. In the 1970’s, Lawler began taking photographs of works of art, usually in situ at museums, auction houses, galleries and private homes. Concentrating on the way a work of art is handled, exhibited, stored or sidelined, Lawler’s work questions how art is modified by the manner in which it is displayed.

 

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The exhibition will feature two sets of work entitled Civilian (2010) and No Drones (2010/2011) which depict two oil paintings by the German artist Gerhard Richter. Lawler photographed Richter’s Mustang-Staffel (1964) and Schädel (1983) in situ during the installation of the permanent collection at the Albertinum Museum, Dresden which re-opened in June 2010. At Sprüth Magers London, Lawler presents each photograph as a mounted cibachrome print. The same images have then been printed onto adhesive vinyl, the original dimensions manipulated to make them strictly proportional to the gallery walls. Through her playful and curious vantage points, Lawler encourages the viewer to explore the role of the gallery as a site for display and to question the extent to which art is distorted in the world.

 

Installation Views
Louise Lawler – No Drones – London
Louise Lawler
No Drones
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, November 23–December 23, 2011

Louise Lawler
No Drones
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, November 23–December 23, 2011

Louise Lawler – No Drones – London
Louise Lawler
No Drones
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, November 23–December 23, 2011

Louise Lawler
No Drones
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, November 23–December 23, 2011

Louise Lawler – No Drones – London
Louise Lawler
No Drones
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, November 23–December 23, 2011

Louise Lawler
No Drones
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, November 23–December 23, 2011

Louise Lawler – No Drones – London
Louise Lawler
No Drones
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, November 23–December 23, 2011

Louise Lawler
No Drones
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, November 23–December 23, 2011

Louise Lawler – No Drones – London
Louise Lawler
No Drones
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, November 23–December 23, 2011

Louise Lawler
No Drones
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, November 23–December 23, 2011

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Louise Lawler – No Drones – London

Louise Lawler
No Drones
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, November 23–December 23, 2011

Louise Lawler – No Drones – London

Louise Lawler
No Drones
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, November 23–December 23, 2011

Louise Lawler – No Drones – London

Louise Lawler
No Drones
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, November 23–December 23, 2011

Louise Lawler – No Drones – London

Louise Lawler
No Drones
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, November 23–December 23, 2011

Louise Lawler – No Drones – London

Louise Lawler
No Drones
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, November 23–December 23, 2011

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Exhibited Works
Louise Lawler – No Drones – London
Louise Lawler
No Drones (adjusted to fit), 2010/2011

Louise Lawler
No Drones (adjusted to fit), 2010/2011
Adhesive wall material
Dimensions variable to match proportions of a given wall at any scale determined by exhibitor

Louise Lawler – No Drones – London
Louise Lawler
Crazy, 2011

Louise Lawler
Crazy, 2011
Light installation: mirror ball, chain, motor, pin spots, lasers
60 × 55 × 56 cm
23 5/8 × 21 5/8 × 22 inches

Louise Lawler – No Drones – London
Louise Lawler
Civilian, 2010

Louise Lawler
Civilian, 2010
Chromogenic color print
34.9 × 31.1 cm
13 3/4 × 12 1/4 inches

Louise Lawler – No Drones – London
Louise Lawler
Civilian (adjusted to fit), 2010/2011

Louise Lawler
Civilian (adjusted to fit), 2010/2011
Adhesive wall material
Dimensions variable to match proportions of a given wall at any scale determined by exhibitor

Louise Lawler – No Drones – London
Louise Lawler
No Drones, 2010/2011

Louise Lawler
No Drones, 2010/2011
Chromogenic color print
74.3 × 50.2 cm
29 1/4 × 19 3/4 inches

Details
Louise Lawler – No Drones – London

Louise Lawler
No Drones (adjusted to fit), 2010/2011
Adhesive wall material
Dimensions variable to match proportions of a given wall at any scale determined by exhibitor

Louise Lawler
No Drones (adjusted to fit), 2010/2011
Louise Lawler – No Drones – London

Louise Lawler
Crazy, 2011
Light installation: mirror ball, chain, motor, pin spots, lasers
60 × 55 × 56 cm
23 5/8 × 21 5/8 × 22 inches

Louise Lawler
Crazy, 2011
Louise Lawler – No Drones – London

Louise Lawler
Civilian, 2010
Chromogenic color print
34.9 × 31.1 cm
13 3/4 × 12 1/4 inches

Louise Lawler
Civilian, 2010
Louise Lawler – No Drones – London

Louise Lawler
Civilian (adjusted to fit), 2010/2011
Adhesive wall material
Dimensions variable to match proportions of a given wall at any scale determined by exhibitor

Louise Lawler
Civilian (adjusted to fit), 2010/2011
Louise Lawler – No Drones – London

Louise Lawler
No Drones, 2010/2011
Chromogenic color print
74.3 × 50.2 cm
29 1/4 × 19 3/4 inches

Louise Lawler
No Drones, 2010/2011
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Selected Press

Louise Lawler: No Drones
October, article by Mignon Nixon, Winter, 2014

Louise Lawler: No Drones
Art Review, article by Laura Mclean-Ferris, January–February, 2012

Louise Lawler And The Politics Of Space
ArtLyst, article by Isabel Seligman, November 25, 2011