Louise Lawler’s Tracings for You
The artist provides 12 drawings for everyone to download and color.
Mar 25, 2020
Louise Lawler’s work looks at the lives of artworks in museums, private collections, gallery backrooms, storage spaces, and auction houses, examining how meaning changes with different types of displays. She continuously re-presents, reframes, or restages her works, and revisits her own pictures by transferring them to different formats, making her photographs into paperweights, tracing drawings, and works she calls “adjusted to fit” (images stretched or expanded to fit where they are displayed).
The tracings are black-and-white line versions of her photographs of places where art is shown and experienced. To produce them, Lawler worked with artist and children’s book illustrator Jon Buller. A selection was shown in large-scale versions at MoMA in her 2017 exhibition WHY PICTURES NOW, which I curated with Kelly Sidley.
In this time of isolation, Lawler has made 12 of these images available for children and adults of all ages to print and use as coloring sheets. This gesture comes from the artist’s interest in the way art can reach viewers beyond the museum and gallery system, and can playfully contribute to personal creative transformation. We encourage you to post and tag your colored drawings #DrawingwithMoMA on social media, and we will share a selection on our channels.
Louise Lawler. Still Life (Candle) (traced). 2003/2013
Bulbs (traced). 2005/2006/2019
Closer than You Thought (traced). 2004/2005/2013
(Bunny) Sculpture and Painting (traced). 1999/2019
Life Expectancy (traced). 2010/2018
Big (traced). 2002/2003/2016
Egg and Gun (traced). 2008/2016
Berlin (traced). 2000/2013
Hand On Her Back (traced). 1997/1998/2013
Pollyanna (traced). 2007/2008/2013
Pollock and Tureen (traced). 1984/2013
Twice Untitled (traced). 2004/2005/2019
Learn more about WHY PICTURES NOW in the video below, as Roxana Marcoci discusses How to See Louise Lawler.
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