Comments/Context: Louise Lawler has made a long and successful photographic career out of thinking about art in context. She has explored how it is displayed and arranged in different settings, how it interacts with its environment and modifies the space around it, and how juxtapositions of artworks can add layers of intended and unintended meanings. Over the years, I have found her work alternately witty and a bit obtuse, but mostly subtle and surprisingly complex.
As an aside, as a collector, I'm not sure I follow the logistics of these adjustable images. If I buy one, can I have it resized once a year if I rehang my collection, indefinitely? Is that included in the price? Are the previous instances destroyed (I assume so)? If I lend it to a museum for an exhibition, and they resize and install it particularly well (somehow optimizing the distortion), when I take it back, is that "good" version forever lost? In 50 years, if adhesive vinyl is no longer around, can I have it printed on something else? Do I get a digital file? I'm sure there are answers to these questions - it just seems like the details would be complicated.
Rating: ** (two stars) VERY GOOD (rating system described here)
Louise Lawler: Fitting at Metro Pictures
Through June 11th
519 West 24th Street
New York, NY 10011