7 April - 30 May 1998

Javier Lopez Gallery inaugurates the first exhibition in Spain by New York artist Lorna Simpson. Lorna Simpson was born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1960. Simpson studied photography at the School of Visual Arts and the University of California, San Diego. Despite receiving an academic background, the artist sought a different way of presenting her work, from a conceptual approach, always challenging traditional photography and reinventing the narrative and visual to its potential.

Simpson's photographs are sculptural, dramatic and full of references. In them, the artist presents a critical view of social behavior relating to racial and sexual equality issues. In this exhibition, Lorna Simpson presents four new photographic large screen installations printed on felt and segmented into several panels. Among the images chosen by the artist we have a dressing room, a grand staircase, a showcase of an anthropological museum and the view of a city. Each photograph is accompanied by a well printed text on felt, which invites us to reflect on the image and the individual's relationship with its surroundings, the boundary between public and private.

Finally, to give a broader view of Simpson's work, work 9 Props (1995), and Details (1996) are presented. The first is a tribute to James Van Der Zee, one of the best African-American photographers of the twentieth century, whose works were exhibited in the Smithsomian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. After seeing the pictures of Van Zee, Simpson recreated nine objects that Van Der Zee repeatedly used to "dress" his studio in Harlem in black glass. Simpson photographed each object and printed the images in panels of felt, describing each original context of which had been removed. In Details, Lorna Simpson photographed a series of portraits of the 20s and 30s, focusing on the gesture of the hands. These images are accompanied by text, and in them issues such as perception, memory, imagination and body.

Lorna Simpson was invited to do a project for Insite 97, in San Diego, California, and did a residence at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis in 1999. Her work is included in the collections of major museums such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Corcoran Art Gallery in Washington DC, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

Javier Lopez Gallery, Guecho, 12 B 28023 - Madrid, Spain
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Image Credit:
Lorna Simpson, The Staircase, 1998.
Serigraph on 6 felt panels with 1 felt text panel. 66 x 66 in. overall. Ed. of 3
Image is courtesy of Artist Lorna Simpson and the Javier Lopez Gallery, Madrid.