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The Monuments of Paris

Artist:
Laura Larson (American, born 1965)
Date:
1998
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
127 x 101.6cm (50 x 40in.) Frame: 134.6 × 108.6 × 2 cm (53 × 42 3/4 × 13/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, Anonymous Gift, 2000
Accession Number:
2000.125
Rights and Reproduction:
© Laura Larson 1998
Not on view
Larson made this photograph in the Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia, flattening the space with her choice of lens to accentuate the riotous clash between a Regency-style settee—beckoning to the viewer like a praying mantis—the wallpapered landscape above, and the patterned marble floor below. The results are like a black comedy, macabre and funny, and stem from the artist’s clever overlay of photography and period rooms’ shared characteristics, each offering an uncannily lifelike recreation of a fragment or detail divorced from its original context.
Inscription: Printed on label adhered to frame, verso TL: "LENNON, WEINBERG, INC. // 560 Broadway, Suite 308 // New York, New York 10012-3945 // [typewritten below:] Laura Larson // The Monuments of Paris // 1998 // 50 x 40" // unique gelatin silver print"
the artist; [Lennon-Weinberg Gallery, New York City]

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