Bonnet, 2016

This work is part of Leanne Shapton's solo exhibition, Books, Skirts, Figurines, on view at Picture Room from March 10th – May 14th, 2023.

The paintings depict photographs of items for sale on secondhand marketplace listings. The vernacular of this virtual collection of objects, poses, lighting, details and abstractions contains collective and specific meanings that meet along vectors of desire and value. Through these paintings, Shapton attempts to reroute and appreciate their conventions, and the transmission of recognition and seduction.

Leanne Shapton (b. 1973) is a Canadian author, artist, and publisher based in New York City. Shapton's Swimming Studies won the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography, and was long listed for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2012. She is the co-founder, with photographer Jason Fulford, of J&L Books, an internationally-distributed not-for-profit imprint specializing in art and photography books. Her works have appeared in various publications such as The New York Times, Granta, and The New Yorker, and she teaches in the creative writing department at Columbia University School of the Arts. Shapton is the art editor at The New York Review of Books and is a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. Her latest book is Guestbook, a collection of short stories.

House paint on wood

40.00" x 30.00"