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Lorna Simpson

Hauser & Wirth, London (JAM4)

Lorna Simpson, Lure, 2019. © Lorna Simpson. Courtesy: the artist and Hauser & Wirth; photo: James Wang

Lorna Simpson, Lure, 2019. © Lorna Simpson. Courtesy: the artist and Hauser & Wirth; photo: James Wang

Lorna Simpson (b. 1960; lives and works in Brooklyn, New York).

Over the past 30 years, Simpson has expanded her practice to encompass various media including film and video, painting, drawing and sculpture. Layered and multivalent, Simpson’s practice deploys metaphor, metonymy, and formal prowess to offer a potent response to American life today.

Hauser & Wirth brings a presentation featuring new collages, as Simpson continues to develop her language of the found image as a source for her work, incorporating photographs from her collection of vintage Ebony and Jet magazines from the 1950s to the 1970s. Through layering and collage, Simpson’s recent works reconfigure imagery of the female form and reflect the artist’s ongoing exploration of, and response to, contemporary culture and American life today.

Born in Brooklyn, Lorna Simpson came to prominence in the 1980s with her pioneering approach to conceptual photography. Simpson’s early work raised questions about the nature of representation, identity, gender, race and history that continues to drive the artist’s expanding and multi-disciplinary practice today. Studying on the West Coast in the mid-1980s, Simpson was part of a generation of artists who utilized conceptual approaches to undermine the credibility and apparent neutrality of language and images.