Louise Lawler. Does Andy Warhol Make You Cry?. 1988

Louise Lawler Does Andy Warhol Make You Cry? 1988

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Since the early 1980s, Lawler has photographed in galleries, private collections, storage facilities, auction houses, and museums, persistently reminding her audience that a work of art is an object, that it is bought and sold and owned, and that who owns it and how it is displayed are part of its meaning.

A New York auction of art from the collection of Burton and Emily Tremaine in November 1988 included Andy Warhol’s 1962 painting Round Marilyn. Lawler photographed this iconic image (itself derived from a photograph of the screen goddess) at a preview of the sale, and in her finished work the painting, seventeen inches in diameter, appears at full scale, with the auction–house label (including the estimated sale price) clearly legible. Lawler's piece includes a label of its own that directly addresses the viewer, asking, "Does Andy Warhol make you cry?" It's difficult to imagine being moved to tears by a reproduction of a work of art, or even the work of art itself, while being forced to consider it as a commodity. Warhol's own hyper-awareness of that consideration no doubt helps to explain the prominence Lawler's art has granted to his.

Publication excerpt from The Museum of Modern Art, MoMA Highlights since 1980, New York: The Museum of Modern Art, p. 112.
Medium
Silver dye bleach print (Cibachrome) and Plexiglas wall label with gilded lettering
Dimensions
Photograph: 27 9/16 x 39 3/8" (70 x 100 cm) Label: 4 5/16 x 6 5/16" (10.2 x 15.1 cm)
Credit
Gift of Gabriella de Ferrari in honor of Karen Davidson
Object number
98.1999.a-b
Copyright
© 2019 Louise Lawler
Department
Photography

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