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Walking Gun

Artist:
Laurie Simmons (American, born 1949)
Date:
1991
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Frame: 134.6 × 226.1 cm (53 × 89 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, Anonymous Gift, 1998
Accession Number:
1998.440
Rights and Reproduction:
© Laurie Simmons
Not on view
In the early 1990s, Simmons created wickedly funny large-format photographs showing spotlit doll legs topped with various toy-objects: revolvers, houses, cameras, and cakes. By aping the scale and impact of billboards and movie screens, Simmons turns the "directorial" mode of slick staging and lighting against itself, to reveal the spectacle of "woman-as-object" in contemporary culture. Sending up the old-movie trope of representing the man creeping in shadow carrying a gun, the artist offers instead the death-dealing seductress of film noir in miniature, a doll capable of killing its master at a moment's notice.
Inscription: Signed and dated in ink on label affixed to frame verso: "Laurie Simmons // 1991"
From the artist, via Metro Pictures.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Modern Photographs from the Collection V," June 4, 2002–December 29, 2002.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "After the Gold Rush: Contemporary Photographs from the Collection," March 22, 2011–January 2, 2012.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Fatal Attraction: Piotr Uklański Selects from the Met Collection," March 17–June 14, 2015.

Uklański, Piotr. Piotr Uklański: Fatal Attraction. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 2015. p. 230.



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