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Lorna Simpson

Counting, 1991

Photgravure and screenprint on paper
73 1/2 × 38 in
186.7 × 96.5 cm
Edition 37/60
This is part of a limited edition set.
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Condition Report: Broken hinges. Not examined out of frame; Framed Dimensions: 76 X 40.5 Inches

Condition Report: Broken hinges. Not examined out of frame; Framed Dimensions: 76 X 40.5 Inches

Signature
Signed, numbered, and dated in pencil along lower edge
Publisher
Published by Brooke Alexander Editions, New York
Image rights
Courtesy of Heritage Auctions
Lorna Simpson
American, b. 1960
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Re-examining photography as a conceptual medium, Lorna Simpson’s works explore the experience of African American women in contemporary society. Simpson’s imagery is culled from both original photographs and those she collects from eBay and flea markets. In order to make her subjects elusive or adaptable to any narrative, Simpson rarely depicts them from the front, and instead shows them from behind or with their faces and eyes obscured or omitted. Placing an emphasis on the social and political implications of African hairstyles and textures, her 1994 piece Wigs (Portfolio) presents an almost scientific study of hairpieces, aiming to underscore the wig as a tool of conformity and agent for physical transformation. Simpson’s work often presents a fragmented or open-ended story, which the viewer is to complete based on his or her own expectations.

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About the work
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Condition Report: Broken hinges. Not examined out of frame; Framed Dimensions: 76 X 40.5 Inches

Condition Report: Broken hinges. Not examined out of frame; Framed Dimensions: 76 X 40.5 Inches

Signature
Signed, numbered, and dated in pencil along lower edge
Publisher
Published by Brooke Alexander Editions, New York
Image rights
Courtesy of Heritage Auctions
Lorna Simpson
American, b. 1960
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Re-examining photography as a conceptual medium, Lorna Simpson’s works explore the experience of African American women in contemporary society. Simpson’s imagery is culled from both original photographs and those she collects from eBay and flea markets. In order to make her subjects elusive or adaptable to any narrative, Simpson rarely depicts them from the front, and instead shows them from behind or with their faces and eyes obscured or omitted. Placing an emphasis on the social and political implications of African hairstyles and textures, her 1994 piece Wigs (Portfolio) presents an almost scientific study of hairpieces, aiming to underscore the wig as a tool of conformity and agent for physical transformation. Simpson’s work often presents a fragmented or open-ended story, which the viewer is to complete based on his or her own expectations.

Lorna Simpson

Counting, 1991

Photgravure and screenprint on paper
73 1/2 × 38 in
186.7 × 96.5 cm
Edition 37/60
This is part of a limited edition set.
Bidding closed
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