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Lawrence Carroll, Table Painting, 2002.

Lawrence Carroll (1954–2019)

The Australian-born, American-raised painter Lawrence Carroll—known for his expressively elegant, restrained sculptural pictures often assembled from found materials—has died. His death on Tuesday morning was announced by his Cologne gallery, Karsten Greve, which has represented the artist since 1999. He was sixty-five years old.

Carroll quietly resisted trends or even a decipherable progression over the span of his forty-year career, though his muted color palette and use of household paint, stitched canvas, oil, wax, and dust to create works that existed in the space between object and art object remained throughout.

In the January 1990 issue of Artforum, Donald Kuspit wrote of his work: “‘Profound’ is an overused and abused word, but these works are profound, because they open new art historical territory without denying their allegiance to tradition, and because they return us to a sense of the inchoate and inarticulate without losing their specificity. . . . Carroll’s sculptures present themselves more as objects to commune with than to contemplate.”

His work is in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Stuttgart City Gallery; the Vatican Museums, Rome; and the Museo Cantonale d’Arte, Lugano. Carroll participated in Documenta IX (1992) in Kassel. An exhibition of his photographic work is currently on view at the Fondazione Rolla in Bruzella, Switzerland, and a solo exhibition of his work opens Friday at Galerie Karsten Greve in Cologne. 

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