Tour: Sarah Charlesworth: Doubleworld (50 minutes)

11 am | Fri, October 27, 2017

Sarah Charlesworth (1947–2013) was a highly influential artist whose work examined the role that photographic images play in contemporary culture. Over her 40-year career she explored representation and symbolism, first through re-photographing and collaging found images, and later through creating stylized arrangements for the camera.

The exhibition title, Doubleworld, is taken from a 1995 photograph of the same name, which presents two 19th-century stereoscopic viewing devices, each holding a stereophotograph of two women standing side by side. At play is the artist’s interest in the way viewing is mechanically shaped as well as the theme of doubling, which presented itself throughout Charlesworth’s career as she continued to revisit iconography and objects, often with sly variations. Included in the exhibition are photographs from 10 bodies of work made between 1977 and 2012 arranged to accentuate her continued interest in color, form, and light. Invested with a rare precision and dedication, Charlesworth produced a body of work that continues to inspire contemporary artists and viewers who are drawn to our increasingly image-saturated culture.

LACMA | Art of the Americas Building
Free, with general admission
Note: This tour meets near the Ticket Office in the Hammer Building
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Image: Sarah Charlesworth, Half Bowl, 2012, courtesy the Estate of Sarah Charlesworth and Maccarone New York/Los Angeles, © 2017 Estate of Sarah Charlesworth

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