Installation view of Décor: Barbara Bloom, Andrea Fraser, Louise Lawler, April 28–July 15, 2018 at MOCA Pacific Design Center, courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, photo by Zak Kelley
Décor: Barbara Bloom, Andrea Fraser, Louise Lawler
Décor: Barbara Bloom, Andrea Fraser, Louise Lawler presents works by Barbara Bloom, Andrea Fraser, and Louise Lawler that play with various methods of the presentation and display of art.
The exhibition is centered around Bloom’s rarely seen The Reign of Narcissism (1988-89), a full-scale faux-neoclassical period room dedicated to a fictionalized version of the artist. Replete with crown moldings, gilded chairs, vanity mirrors, and plaster busts of the artist, the installation revels in the slippage between interior decorating and museum display. Videos and photographs by Lawler and Fraser focus on images of art in museums and the typically overlooked architectural details of institutions, with both artists invested in exploring the myriad ways décor—the arrangement of objects in space—carries meaning.