Artist Lorna Simpson, who for three decades has been making multidisciplinary works that interrogate race, class, gender, politics, and history, will now be internationally represented by Hauser & Wirth. Her first presentation with the gallery will be a new cycle of paintings and sculptures, which will be on display in the gallery’s booth during Frieze New York this year.
“We are honored and delighted to welcome Lorna Simpson into the gallery’s family. Her rigor, her passion, and her incredible sensitivity produce not only extraordinary art but also an invitation to engage in a dialogue about identity that we are eager to share. To us, her superbly intellectual approach to a variety of media suggests a remarkable affinity with fellow gallery artists Roni Horn and Zoe Leonard, as well as Rashid Johnson, Mark Bradford, and others tackling complex issues of identity. We look forward to working closely with Lorna and sharing her vision and voice with a wide and diverse international audience,” said Marc Payot, Hauser & Wirth’s vice president.
Simpson has had exhibitions at New York’s MoMA, the MCA Chicago, the Miami Art Museum, LACMA, the Aspen Art Museum, the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, and Paris’s Jeu de Paume, among many other institutions. She was also the first African American woman to have her art exhibited at the Venice Biennale, in 1990. In Artforum’s January 2009 issue, Lauren O’Neill-Butler wrote that Simpson’s drawings are “rooted in ambiguity, seeking to question the power of images and their mass circulation rather than the mechanics of making powerful images.”