Leigh Ledare, ‘An Invitation: Sunday, July 24, 2011’, 2012, Swiss Institute Benefit Auction 2015

For Leigh Ledare’s explosively provocative series "Pretend You're Actually Alive," he photographed his mother in various sexualized scenarios. An Invitation: Sunday, July 24, 2011 exemplifies his appropriation of the media to push the boundaries of social taboos to their limit. Ledare has had acclaimed solo exhibitions at WIELS, Brussels and Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen. His work can be found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and the Centre Pompidou, Paris, among others.

Comes in 3 parts:

  1. Piece framed (70 lbs.)
  2. Contract in a black portfolio that technically needs to get displayed with the piece
  3. Portfolio (plastic) which contains images of all 7 Invitations as well as the framing and installation instructions

Image rights: Courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, NY

About Leigh Ledare

Leigh Ledare’s photography is deeply personal and biographical—sometimes disturbingly so. Ledare’s mother, a former dancer and model later turned escort, is his most frequent subject. Over the course of eight years, the artist has taken photographs of his mother and revealed her vulnerability, psychological states, deteriorating health, and eroticism in explicit situations. These photographs were the source of a series of photo-collages, videos, installations, and mixed-media drawings, sometimes accompanied by his mother’s handwritten notes. Ledare also turns the camera on himself; in the “Personal Commissions” series (2008), he responded to personal ads from women, and paid them to direct and photograph him in their apartments. He considers these portraits of the women, even though they do not appear in the images.

American, b. 1976, Seattle, Washington, based in New York, New York

Group Shows

New York, NY, United States,
The 2017 Whitney Biennial
International Print Center, New York, 
New York City, NY, United States,