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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    New York, Mary Boone Gallery, Laurie Simmons: Clothes Make the Man: Works from 1990-1994, April 27 - July 27, 2018

  • Catalogue Essay

    Laurie Simmons
    Born 1949, Far Rockaway, New York
    1971 BFA Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia

    Selected museum exhibitions:
    Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (2018); Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts (2016); Jewish Museum, New York (2015); Gothenburg Museum, Sweden (2012); New York Public Library (2010); The Nassau County Museum of Art, New York (2007); Baltimore Museum of Art (1997); San José Museum of Art (1990); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (1987); PS1 Contemporary Arts Center, New York (1979); University of Rhode Island, Kingston (1979)
    Selected honors: Spotlight Award, International Center of Photography (2016); Aurora Award (2012); Roy Lichtenstein Residency, American Academy in Rome (2005); John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (1997); National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship (1984)
    Selected public collections: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Hara Museum, Tokyo; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Modern Art; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Whitney Museum of American Art

    Since the mid-1970s, Simmons has staged scenes for her camera with dolls, mannequins, objects, and sometimes people. Playing with scale and juxtaposing human features with inanimate things, Simmons creates disarmingly humorous images with social, political and psychological subtexts. Walking Hot Dog, 1991, is from her Walking and Lying Objects, a series she produced from 1987 through 1991, in which she attached domestic objects to human legs, rendering them both anthropomorphic and absurd. In this large-scale photograph, a phallic hot dog appears to be walking or dancing with feminine high-heeled shoes, playfully invoking signs of gender while also suggesting our desire for food.

  • Artist Biography

    Laurie Simmons

    American • 1949

    Laurie Simmons is an American photographer and filmmaker. Known for her curated domestic scenes using dolls and miniature objects, Simmons questions the truth behind photographic realism and the stereotypes of American culture. In her critically acclaimed series Walking Objects, Simmons offers commentary on how women are represented in popular media through a memorably surreal image. The artist emerged in the 1980s as a prominent member of the 'Pictures Generation' alongside Cindy Sherman and Louise Lawler. Today, Simmons' work is found in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among others.

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Walking Hot Dog

pigment print
84 x 48 in. (213.4 x 121.9 cm.)
This is number 1 from an edition of 5 plus 2 artist’s proofs.

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NOMEN: American Women Artists from 1945 to Today

New York Selling Exhibition 19 June - 3 August 2019