Thomas Lawson
British, born 1951
Collected by a major museum
Tate
Selected exhibitions
2018
BioPix,
Steve Turner
Downtown Art Ephemera, 1970s-1990s, Curated by Marc H Miller,
James Fuentes
2016
Anthony Reynolds Gallery at Artissima 2016,
Anthony Reynolds Gallery

When Tom Lawson moved to New York in 1975 to paint, he quickly became associated with the Pictures Generation—whose ranks include Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, and Richard Prince—defined by their use of mass media images. Lawson usually culls his subjects from anonymous photographs, images from art history, and even newspaper clippings; from these, he selects sections that he combines in uncanny compositions with jarring colors. While Lawson is often lauded for the ironic humor or political undertones in these works, the artist is wary that “there is this terrible misunderstanding that I don’t like the media, when in fact the whole point is that I can’t get enough of it.”

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