Laurie Simmons (b. 1949) is a prominent figure in contemporary conceptual photography. She belongs to the “Picture Generation” that emerged in New York at the end of the 1970s, and which also includes Cindy Sherman and Richard Prince, among others. These artists share an interest in the specific history and characteristics of photography, and how we both use and are affected by photographic images.
Simmons was a pioneer in colour photography and her visual style is similar to that of cinema and advertising. Often she works with dolls, objects and models of interiors and houses. With her psychological, political and conceptual approach, she transforms the tendency of photography to objectify human beings, especially women, into a coherent critique of the medium. The exhibition at the Gothenburg Museum of Art was her first solo exhibition in Scandinavia.
The exhibition featured a broad selection of photographs from the mid-1970s until today, as well as sculptures and video works. The richly illustrated catalogue includes an essay by Åsmund Thorkildsen.
Exhibition catalogue Laurie Simmons: Red, Yellow and Blue
Editor: Johan Sjöström
Author: Isabella Nilsson, Åsmund Thorkildsen
Languages: Swedish, English
Gothenburg Museum of Art, Gothenburg 2012
Graphic design: Ola Ingvarsson
Paperback, 104 pages