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  • Louise Lawler, Il m’aime, un peu, beaucoup, passionnément, à la folie, pas du tout, 2008/2009, Cibachrome print mounted on Plexiglas, 47 3/4 x 55 3/4".

    “Louise Lawler: Adjusted”

    Museum Ludwig, Cologne
    Heinrich-Böll-Platz
    October 11 - January 26

    Curated by Philipp Kaiser

    As soon as you learn that a Louise Lawler retrospective is afoot at the Museum Ludwig, you want to hear the punch line. After all, Lawler is an artist celebrated for exposing such rituals to sly scrutiny. So here it is: Along with a significant selection of her canny behind-the-scenes-photographs of museums, galleries, auction houses, and private collections, the show will feature ten new pieces—tracings, in the deadpan style of coloring books, of her own previous work. This witty take on the career survey will also include two site-specific “stretched-to-fit” photographs on vinyl. Of late, Lawler has been attenuating images of war and death to reflect on the historical ironies of our current extended conflicts. Obliquely expressed, the antimilitarism in her work has too often gone unexamined.This in-depth presentation is well poised to change that.