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Laurie Simmons : Walking, Talking, Lying

Simmons, Laurie / Linker, Kate

Published by Aperture Foundation Inc., New York, 2005
ISBN 10: 1931788596 / ISBN 13: 9781931788595
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Title: Laurie Simmons : Walking, Talking, Lying

Publisher: Aperture Foundation Inc., New York

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition


156 pp. 100 colour illustrations. Essay by Kate Linker. Chronology, series, public collections, selected bibliography, index. "Over the past 25 years her photographs have conveyed a bittersweet nostalgia for the 1950s, while edgily commenting on consumerism, feminism and other fraught aspects of postwar American culture." Internally clean and unmarked with sound binding. Red satin cloth covered boards with pasted down colour plate on front panel. Stamped titles printed in black and white on front panel and backstrip. Slight shelf wear to tail edges of boards, slight dent to foredge of front panel near head corner otherwise very good condition. Due to weight (1.3 kg + packaging) we must ask for extra shipping for international orders. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 005663

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Synopsis: Laurie Simmons is one of the first contemporary American photographers to have created elaborately-staged narrative photographs. Using dolls to act out piquant scenarios within specially constructed environments, she has slyly commented on contemporary culture while re-creating "a sense of the 50s that I knew was both beautiful and lethal." Prodigiously creative - she has produced some thirteen or fourteen fully developed series since the 1970s - Simmons uses highly saturated color and large formats, ranging from 20 by 24 inches to more recent work as large as 84 by 48 inches. Housewives, ballerinas, cowboys, tourists, and ventriloquists' dummies populate her diverse tableaux, which are often infused with a bittersweet sense of nostalgia yet charged with a disquieting sense of dislocation. In Laurie Simmons: Walking, Talking, Lying, Kate Linker concentrates on selected series - from "Ventriloquism," "Walking Objects," and "Lying Objects" to the 1997 Self-Portraits and the "Cafe of the Inner Mind" - to illuminate ideas that cut through the artist's entire body of work.

Of particular interest are the willfully ambiguous interplay between objects, figures, and backgrounds, and the way specific things (toys, cakes, guns) and settings (suburban interiors, theatrical stages) take on strange powers in Simmons's photographs. As Linker makes clear, the artist's use of narrative links her to a number of contemporary fiction writers, while her fondness for artifice, advertising, childhood memory, and unabashed eclecticism relates to - and has helped shape - the heated debates of the past thirty-some years about the nature of photography.

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