Laurie Simmons, ‘Talking Baseball Bat’, 1989, Sotheby's

Executed in 1989, this work is number 2 from an edition of 5.

Metro Pictures, New York
Private Collection
Phillips, New York, 29 June 2012, Lot 264
Acquired from the above sale by the present owner

About Laurie Simmons

Laurie Simmons’ engagement with non-human subjects ranges from her earlier works, in which she photographed miniature scenes of post-war domestic splendor, to her more recent use of life-size sex dolls that appear to be engaged in surprisingly believable activities. Endowing dolls, puppets, and ventriloquist dummies with a very human sense of longing and loneliness, Simmons creates psychologically astute critiques of women’s roles in their myriad incarnations from housewife to sex object. For the series “The Love Doll: Days 1-30” (2009-2011), Simmons transformed her home into a dollhouse and shot a series of photographs documenting the process of becoming acquainted with her custom-made Japanese “love doll”, with the doll appearing to feel increasingly at ease in her surroundings as the days passed.

American, b. 1949, Long Island, New York, based in New York, New York

Solo Shows

New York,
Kigurumi, Dollers and How We See

Fair History on Artsy

Salon 94 at Frieze New York 2016
Wilkinson at miart 2016
Wilkinson at Artissima 2015
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