‘Laura Lewinsky: For, and because of’ on View at Yancey Richardson




Laura Lewinsky, weather report, 2022; From the series ‘Who Loves the Sun’ Archival pigment print, 30 x 40 inches, Edition of 7. Image courtesy of the Artist and Yancey Richardson

An exhibition of new photographs by Laura Letinsky will be on view at Yancey Richardson from May 23 through July 6, 2024. Letinsky is known for deconstructing the traditional still life to exalt the tattered remnants of domestic life. An opening reception with the artist will be held on Wednesday, May 22, from 6-8 p.m.

The work in For, and because of… was made mostly during Letinsky’s 2023 residency in the South of France at La Maison Dora Maar, the former home of Maar, the French photographer, painter, and poet, who was also the romantic partner of Picasso. Inspired by the light of Provence in contrast to the dark weather of her home base in Chicago, Letinsky began a series she titled Who Loves the Sun in which she used natural light together with artificial light to provide her images with a radiant glow. Her subjects included borrowed objects such as a ceramic vase and glassware from La Maison that may have belonged to Maar. The detritus left behind from other artists-in-residence, as well as flowers and weeds growing nearby also found their way into her images. Yet, her photographs are not necessarily about what objects appear within them but rather about the medium of photography itself.

Laura Lewinsky, are cleaning u nat, 2023; From the series ‘Who Loves the Sun’ Archival pigment print, 40 x 32 inches, Edition of 7. Image courtesy of the artist and Yancey Richardson

Letinsky explains, “I make pictures of very ordinary things in a way that destabilizes and questions the camera’s authority while also indulging in its sexiness, solicitating a visual pleasure that is tethered to other senses.”

Letinsky complicates the singular point of view of the camera by building frames within frames and precariously positioning objects in relation to one another. In reference to her innovative picture spaces, Letinsky notes, “Cezanne’s still lifes described objects from multiple perspectives so as to refer to perception being a constantly shifting process. I try to harness this, to articulate that we’ve two eyes and are ambulant living beings.”

Through her work, Letinsky questions what is necessary to make a photograph that is considered “good.” Dissonance and interruption are components of her language in which objects’ perspectival positions are abstracted and gravity is elided. By working with objects associated with the home, she makes images that evoke tenderness and project an uneasy and fragile beauty.

Laura Lewinsky, 100 no, 2023; From the series ‘Who Loves the Sun’ Archival pigment print, 40 x 32 inches, Edition of 7. Image courtesy of the artist and Yancey Richardson.

The exhibition title, For, and because of… refers to the incommensurability of things, suggesting that there is not a concrete metric by which to measure or to reckon with life events. Letinsky notes, “So the show, the work, is for, and because of the wars, because you never called me back, for the rain that watered my garden, because the train was late, for my sons, because flowers bloom…”

About the Artist ~ Laura Letinsky (born 1962, Winnipeg, Canada) received her BFA from the University of Manitoba in 1986, and MFA from Yale University’s School of Art in 1991. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; The Denver Art Museum; The Photographers Gallery, London; and Mumbai Photography Festival, India. Public collections featuring Letinsky’s work include the Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Fine Art, Houston; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Yale University Art Gallery; and Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography.

Letinsky has received numerous awards, including the Canada Council International Residency (2014); Richard Driehaus Foundation Award (2003); Anonymous Was a Woman Award (2002); and the Guggenheim Fellowship Award (2000). Publications include To Want for Nothing, Roman Nvmerals, 2019, Time’s Assignation, Radius Books, 2018; Ill Form and Void Full, Radius Press, 2014; After All, Damiani, 2010; Hardly More Than Ever, Renaissance Society, 2004; and Venus Inferred, University of Chicago Press, 2000. Letinsky has held teaching positions at a number of prestigious American colleges, and since 1994 she has been a Professor in the Department of Visual Art at the University of Chicago. She lives and works in Chicago.

Laura Lewinsky: For, and because of…. will be on view from May 22 to July 3, 2024 at Yancey Richardson, 525 West 22nd Street, NYC.


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