Lorna Simpson: 1985-92 at Hauser & Wirth in September, 2022




Image: Lorna Simpson, Necklines, 1989, 3 silver gelatin prints, 2 engraved plastic plaques, 176.2 x 171.8 x 4.1 cm / 69 3/8 x 67 5/8 x 1 5/8 in © Lorna Simpson. Photo: Adam Reich

Hauser & Wirth New York will begin its fall exhibition season with a survey of foundational works by pioneering multidisciplinary artist Lorna Simpson. Occupying all three floors of the gallery’s 69th Street location, this exhibition traces the impact and enduring influence of Simpson’s earliest output from the 1980s and 90s, with a selection of works on loan from major museums, private collections and the artist’s studio.

With striking juxtapositions of text and image, Simpson’s enigmatic, photography-based conceptual work from this period is central to a celebrated, multivalent oeuvre that questions the nature of representation and challenges accepted notions of identity, gender, race and history.

Lorna Simpson: 1985 ~ 92 will be on view from September 7 through October 22, 2022 at Hauser & Wirth, 32 East 69th Street, NYC.

Installation view, ‘Lorna Simpson: Lorna Simpson’, Salon 94, New York, NY 2016 © Lorna Simpson

About the artist ~ Born in Brooklyn (1960), Lorna Simpson came to prominence in the 1980s with her pioneering approach to conceptual photography. Simpson’s early work—particularly her striking juxtapositions of text and staged images—raised questions about the nature of representation, identity, gender, race and history that continue to drive the artist’s expanding and multi-disciplinary practice today. She deftly explores the medium’s umbilical relation to memory and history, both central themes within her work.

She attended the School of Visual Arts, NYC in 1982 and U of California, San Diego in 1985. The artist currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Take a look-back at the artists’ first exhibition with Hauser & Wirth in 2019 with the unveiling of Lorna Simpson. Darkening at the Chelsea gallery.