Catherine Wagner, ‘Ephemeral Sculpture IV’, 2015, Headlands Center for the Arts: Benefit Auction 2018

Special auction print

Catherine Wagner works with elements of contemporary society and transforms them into conceptual photographs that investigate culture. She has received many major awards, including the Rome Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, among others. Her work is represented in major collections nationally and around the world, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Museum of Modern Art Bologna; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; and the Museum Folkwang Essen, Germany. In 2001 Wagner was named one of TIME Magazine’s Fine Arts Innovators of the Year. Wagner is the Nancy Cook Endowed Chair in Photography at Mills College in Oakland, California. She is represented by Anglim Gilbert Gallery in San Francisco, and Gallery Luisotti in Los Angeles.

Framing courtesy of Sterling Art Services

Image rights: Courtesy of the artist, Gallery Luisotti, and Anglim Gilbert Gallery

About Catherine Wagner

Catherine Wagner’s photographs investigate the relationship between various systems of knowledge and the institutional environments that house them. She has explored the art museum, the laboratory, retail spaces, the home, and the amusement park—each as spaces with a series of instruments and encoded practices that structure identity. Wagner revels in visually mapping typologies onto one another and arranging inanimate objects to suggest the human form. “Throughout my practice I've been interested in ways of seeing, feeling, and learning about larger issues that are made possible through more abstract or oblique methods,” she says. “The images in this series are at once very literal, but open up a conversation well beyond their specificity.” Wagner has also created public site-specific installations out of her photographs, projecting her interrogation of structure onto a larger scale.

American , b. 1953, based in California