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Louise Lawler

American; b. 1947, Bronxville, USA

Louise Lawler's conceptual artwork explores the way art is presented, collected, and appreciated. This image shows the home of Virginia and Bagley Wright, Seattle collectors and art patrons. Modern and contemporary works of art are displayed in the home along with Asian and European antiques, as well as personal touches like the family photographs in the background. Lawler's work presents a kind of portrait of the Wrights, without ever referencing them in name or image, by showing their home and the objects of their passionate collecting.

Lawler's title is ironic: the artists are well known (Jasper Johns, James Rosenquist, and Cy Twombly), as are the collectors.

Cibachrome print
54 1/2 x 40 3/4 in. (138.43 x 103.51 cm)
Gift in honor of Virginia Wright
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, "Dis-Figured", May 31, 2001 - March 17, 2002

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, "Modern in America", July 8, 2004 - February 27, 2005 (7/8/2004 - 2/27/2005)

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, "The Virginia and Bagley Wright Collection of Modern Art", March 4, 1999 - May 5, 1999 (3/4 - 5/5/1999)

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, City of Tomorrow: Jinny Wright and the Art That Shaped a New Seattle, Oct. 23, 2020 - Jan. 18, 2021.

Seattle Art Museum acknowledges that we are on the traditional homelands of the Duwamish and the customary territories of the Suquamish and Muckleshoot Peoples. As a cultural and educational institution, we honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present, and future. We also acknowledge the urban Native peoples from many Nations who call Seattle their home.

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