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Lorna Simpson

Summer '57/Summer '09 (Group 7)

Lot Closed

October 7, 06:04 PM GMT


25,000 - 35,000 USD

Lot Details


Lorna Simpson

B. 1960

Summer '57/Summer '09 (Group 7)

9 gelatin silver prints, comprising 2009-5 through 2009-12 and 1957-71, each signed and dated in pencil on the reverse, each framed, 2009 (9)

each image: 5 by 5 in. (12.7 by 12.7 cm.)

each frame: 7 by 7 in. (17.8 by 17.8 cm.)

Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris, 2002

Lorna Simpson’s Summer '57/Summer '09 (Group 7) grew out of an album of black and white photographs Simpson bought on eBay. The photographs, taken by an unknown photographer in 1957, show an attractive, young black woman (and an occasional male figure), adopting poses that mimic the alluring pin-up style of the 1940s and 50s. Simpson restaged the images using herself as a model, copying the woman’s clothing, poses, and environment in order to create a narrative between the unidentified woman and Simpson. The project resulted in 307 individually framed silver gelatin prints, intended to be combined in varying numbers and dimensions.