Sarah Charlesworth

1947East Orange, United States | 2013Falls Village, United States
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American photographer.

A conceptual photographer recognised on the international art scene, Sarah Charlesworth began her career in New York in the mid-1970s, in an economic and social context hostile to contemporary creation that nonetheless encouraged the constitution of young artists’ networks. This is how Charlesworth, Louise Lawler, and Barbara Kruger (1945) developed a photographic practice midway between conceptual art and pop art. This artistic practice granted women artists an unprecedented role and represented a turning point in art history: the emancipation of these women photographers is intimately related to the revaluation of the medium, which at that time was considered the poor cousin of art. Their practice mainly focused on the way in which culture influences the perception of events: Modern History (1978) is presented in the form of newspaper pages, presented with the elements necessary for the comprehension of the document and the proper dissemination of information removed (titles, texts, images); Stills (1980) comprises enlargements of press images, showing bodies precipitated into the void.

These reappropriations enable the images that infiltrate daily life to be understood differently and thus explore the dynamics of photographic representations of news items. This principal of reappropriation is also the subject of the series Red Collages (1983-1984), in which various images are cut out, reassembled, and rephotographed against a red backdrop. These works foreshadowed the Objects of Desire of the 1980s, in which the objects are presented against a plain background and appear to float within pictorial space; spiritual figures also make an appearance, enduringly characterising the work of Charlesworth. Altogether, these artefacts form a wonderful anthropological study of the desires and fantasies of contemporary society.

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Marie Griffay

Translated from French by Anna Knight.

From the Dictionnaire universel des créatrices
© 2013 Des femmes – Antoinette Fouque
© Archives of Women Artists, Research and Exhibitions
Sarah Charlesworth — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Sarah Charlesworth, Buddha of Immeasurable Light, 1986, Cibachrome print with lacquered wood frame, Diptych, 106.68 x 160.02 cm, 42 x 63 in., Courtesy Estate Sarah Charlesworth / Maccarone Gallery

Sarah Charlesworth — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Sarah Charlesworth, Herald Tribune, 1977, 26 black and white prints reproduced same size as original newspapers, 58.42 x 40.64 cm, 23 x 16 in., Courtesy Estate Sarah Charlesworth / Maccarone Gallery / Vancouver Art Gallery

Sarah Charlesworth — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Sarah Charlesworth, Modern History, 1978, 45 black and white prints reproduced same size as original newspapers, 55.88 x 40.64 cm, 22 x 16 in., Courtesy Estate Sarah Charlesworth / Maccarone Gallery

Sarah Charlesworth — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Sarah Charlesworth, Arc of Total Eclipse, 1979, 29 black and white prints reproduced same size as original newspapers, 55.88 x 40.64 cm, 22 x 16 in., Courtesy the National Museum of Women in the Arts / the Estate of Sarah Charlesworth / Maccarone Gallery

Sarah Charlesworth — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Sarah Charlesworth, Arc of Total Eclipse, 1979, 29 black and white prints reproduced same size as original newspapers, 55.88 x 40.64 cm, 22 x 16 in., Courtesy the National Museum of Women in the Arts / the Estate of Sarah Charlesworth / Maccarone Gallery

Sarah Charlesworth — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Sarah Charlesworth, Unidentified Woman, Hotel Corona de Aragon, Madrid, 1980, black and white mural print, 198.12 x 106.68 cm, 78 x 42 in., Courtesy Estate Sarah Charlesworth / Maccarone Gallery

Sarah Charlesworth — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Sarah Charlesworth, Figures, 1983, Cibachrome prints with lacquered wood frames, diptych, 106.68 x 157.48 cm, 42 x 62 in., Courtesy Estate Sarah Charlesworth / Maccarone Gallery

Sarah Charlesworth — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Sarah Charlesworth, Birdwoman, 1986, Cibachrome print with lacquered wood frame, 106.68 x 81.28 cm, 42 x 32 in., Courtesy Estate Sarah Charlesworth / Maccarone Gallery

Sarah Charlesworth — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Sarah Charlesworth, Transfixion, 1991, Cibachrome print with lacquered wood frame, 149.86 x 114.3 cm, 59.75 x 45.75 in., Courtesy Estate Sarah Charlesworth / Maccarone Gallery

Sarah Charlesworth — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Sarah Charlesworth, Separation, 1991, Cibachrome prints with lacquered wood frames, Diptych, 142.24 x 60.96 cm, 56 x 24 in. panels, Courtesy Estate Sarah Charlesworth / Maccarone Gallery

Sarah Charlesworth — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Sarah Charlesworth, Leda, Her Old Age and Death, 1991, Silver gelatin print with wood frame, 83.82 x 63.5 cm, 33.25 x 25.5 in., Courtesy Estate Sarah Charlesworth / Maccarone Gallery

Sarah Charlesworth — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Sarah Charlesworth, Trial by Fire, 1992 – 1993, Cibachrome with lacquered wood frame, 104.14 x 83.82 cm, 41.5 x 33.5 in., Courtesy Estate Sarah Charlesworth / Maccarone Gallery

Sarah Charlesworth — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Sarah Charlesworth, Levitating Buddha, 2000, Fujiflex print with lacquered wood frame, 11.76 x 86.36 cm, 44 x 34 in., Courtesy Estate Sarah Charlesworth / Maccarone Gallery

Sarah Charlesworth — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Sarah Charlesworth, Camera Work, 2009, Fuji Crystal Archive prints with lacquered wood frames, Diptych, 132.08 x 195.58 cm, 52 x 77.5 in., Courtesy Estate Sarah Charlesworth / Maccarone Gallery

Sarah Charlesworth — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Sarah Charlesworth, Carnival Ball, 2012, Fuji Crystal Archive print with lacquered wood frame, 104.14 x 81.28 cm, 41 x 32 in., Courtesy Estate Sarah Charlesworth / Maccarone Gallery

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