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Louise Lawler

Metro Pictures

With Something About Time and Space But I’m Not Sure What It Is, 1998, Conceptual photographer Louise Lawler deftly resolves the dilemma that confronts every artist at midcareer: how to build on past successes without simply repeating them. This oddly titled installation, the centerpiece of her latest solo show, both rhymes perfectly with her earlier work and takes off in a new direction.

Since the early ’80s, Lawler has focused her camera on well-known works of modern and contemporary art. But unlike the photographers employed by auction houses and museums to document their holdings, Lawler foregrounds the artwork’s physical setting, the specific context of its display (the Pollock over the sideboard in the collector’s house, the Richard Prince next to the computer terminal, the Frank Stella reflected in the varnished museum floor). The subject of Something About Time and Space is Andy

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