Louise Lawler was born in 1947 in Bronxville, New York, where she continues to live and work today. From the late ‘70s onwards, her mostly-photographic work has examined the physical, economic and social trappings that govern the movements of artworks after they leave the environment of the artist’s studio. Lawler questions the notion of authorship by repossessing others’ works through her camera lens. Her carefully-composed photographs, centered on a particularly telling detail, reveal as much meaning as they generate. This series of photographs was commissioned by the François Pinault Foundation to document the installation of Palazzo Grassi’s inaugural exhibition, "Where are we going?" (2006). The artist was given free reign to wander throughout the museum as the works were being unwrapped and mounted prior to the exhibition’s opening. Her photographs show insider, “behind-the- scenes” views of the museum that the typical visitor is ordinarily unable to see, as iconic works by Maurizio Cattelan, David Hammons, Damien Hirst, Takashi Murakami, Gerhard Richter and Rudolf Stingel are depicted in their shipping crates, besides pieces of foam or bubble wrap.
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