Louise Lawler (1947), US, is a major contemporary visual artist, and leading figure in the “Pictures Generation,” of New York, which started in the late 1970’s. This group of artists came out of the time of Conceptual and Pop art responding to the mass use of imagery, and made work in the visual vernacular of advertising. Louise Lawler’s work looked deeply at the motivations and methods of consumerism on society and is influential for being a strong voice for feminism, anti-war, and pro-collaboration.
In the 1980’s her work was overlooked by the market that it criticized, support from collectors and institutions at that time went mainly to the large-scale painters, and conceptual artists that were male and white. Last year, Louise Lawler had a solo show at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, which included her audio work that is part of Birds: A Festival Inspired by Aristophanes.