Louise Lawler gained recognition in the late 1970s and early 1980s, when she began taking pictures of other artists’ works displayed in collectors’ homes, museums, storage spaces, and auction houses. Through these photographs she questions the value, meaning, and use of art. In works such as Photograph of a Mirror, Lawler presents works in storage or transit, when they are circulating. She proposes a critical exercise to reflect on our perception and consumption of art, and the way in which the meaning of
a piece changes depending on the context in which it is seen.