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Untitled, Italy , 2009 101,6 X 76,2 Cm © Galerie m Bochum
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Untitled #3, Hardly More Than Ever Series , 1997 Chromogenic Print 67 X 81,6 Cm © Galerie m Bochum
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Untitled #23 (The Dog & The Wolf) , 2008 Archival Pigment Print H: 107.3 X W: 134.5 Cm © Galerie m Bochum
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Untitled #1, The Dog & The Wolf , 2008 Chromogenic Print 100,5 X 121,8 Cm © Galerie m Bochum
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Untitled Italy , 2009 127 X 95,9 Cm © Galerie m Bochum
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Untitled #7 (Fall series), 2009 Archival Pigment Print on Hanhemule Paper 42 1/4 X 59 1/4 Inches, Framed Edition of Nine © Donald Young Gallery and the artist
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Untitled #4 (The Fall) , 2009 Archival Pigment Print H: 87.6 X W: 70.5 Cm © Galerie m Bochum
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Untitled #12 , 2011 Archival Pigment Print H: 129.5 X W: 109.2 Cm © Galerie m Bochum
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Untitled #6, Hardly More Than Ever Series , 1997 Chromogenic Print 72,3 X 87,5 Cm © Galerie m Bochum
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Untitled #8,To Say It Isn't So , 2006 Chromogenic Print 93,8 X 112,9 Cm © Galerie m Bochum
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Untitled #10, Hardly More Than Ever Series , 1999 Chromogenic Print 66,1 X 78,7 Cm © Galerie m Bochum
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Untitled #3, Fall , 2008 Chromogenic Print 87,7 X 72 Cm © Galerie m Bochum
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Untitled # 8, Fall, 2009 © Laura Letinsky
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Untitled #5 , To Say it Isn't So, 1996 © Laura Letinsky
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Untitled 16 ,Somewhere Somewhere, 2006 © Laura Letinsky
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Untitled 54, 2002 © Laura Letinsky
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Untitled (Laura and Eric-Jesus) , Venus Inferred, 1995 © Laura Letinsky
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Untitled #3 (from the series Ill Form and Void Full), 2010 © Courtesy of the artist and Yancey Richardson Gallery and Valerie Carberry Gallery
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Rome, 2009 © Courtesy of the artist and Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago
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Untitled #16, 2011 Archival Pigment Print on Hanhemule Paper © Courtesy of the artist and Valerie Carberry Gallery
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Untitled #8, 2011 Archival Pigment Print on Hanhemule Paper 40 X 48 Inches © Courtesy of the artist and Valerie Carberry Gallery
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Untitled #20, 2011 Archival Pigment Print on Hanhemule Paper 48.5 X 39.4 Inches © Courtesy of the artist and Valerie Carberry Gallery
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Untitled #03, From the Series Ill Form & Void Full, 2011 Archival Pigment Print, Edition of 9 31.5 X 39.5 Inches © Courtesy of the Artist and Yancey Richardson Gallery
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Untitled #54, 2002 © Courtesy of the artist and the Yancey Richardson Gallery
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Ill Form and Void Full, Untitled 37, 2011 © Courtesy of the Artist and The Photographers' Gallery
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Untitled #3, 2011 © Laura Letinsky
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Molosco © Courtesy of the artist and Paris London Hong Kong
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Rome © Courtesy of the artist and SITE Santa Fe
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© Courtesy of the artist & The Yancey Richardson Gallery
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Untitled #2 (Dog and the Wolf series), 2008 Chromogenic Print © Valerie Carberry Gallery and the artist
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Winnipeg, Canada
Birth year
1962
Lives in
Chicago
Works in
Chicago
Statement


Still life rose its gorgeous head in 17th century Dutch paintings of delectable rotting fruit; sumptuous arrangements of flowers; gleaming tipped glasses, and half-eaten meals. In 1997, Letinsky began to photograph still life tableaus she set up in her Chicago studio. Her minimal photographs, on the other hand, were of "paper plates, plastic cups, tin cans, and bottle tops disposed on white surfaces in white rooms. Instead of images of overabundance, she presents the more modest remains of a snack or a drink or a child's birthday party. But Ms. Letinsky's photographs are less concerned with the symbolic implications of leftovers than they are with the evocative power of light. The transformation of edges and surfaces of table, wall, and room into shifting zones of off-whites and warm to cool gray creates interiors that are at once understated and luminous," according to poet and leading critic Mark Strand.

"The artist received her BA from the University of Manitoba and her MFA from Yale. Today she teaches at the University of Chicago. Her work has been shown and collected by such institutions as the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography in Ottawa, New York's Museum of Modern Art, Casino Luxembourg, the Nederlands Foto Institute, both Chicago's Art Institute and Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston's Museum of Fine arts, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art."

Biography

1962

 

Canadian born, lives Chicago

1986

 

Manitoba Artists for Women's Art, Winnipeg, MB, Mentor Program

1986

 

University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, B.F.A. Honors, Photography

1991

 

Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT, M.F.A. Photography

1997

 

Community Arts Assistance Program, Department of Cultural Affairs, Chicago

1997

 

Illinois Arts Council, Fellowship Finalist—Photography

1997

 

Tiffany Fellowship Finalist

1998

 

Canada Council Mid-Career Grant for Visual Artists—Photography

2000

 

Guggenheim Fellowship Award – Photography

2001

 

Anonymous Was A Woman, New York, NY

2002

 

Illinois Arts Council Grant

2003

 

Richard Driehaus Award, Chicago, IL

2008

 

American Photography 24

2009

 

Deutche Bank Prize Nominee

Selected Exhibitions


2012

 

Survey Exhibition, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg (touring) (solo)

2010

 

The Dog and The Wolf, Monique Meloche Gallery

2010

 

After All, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York

2010

 

Still: Laura Letinsky, Evelyn Hofer, Claus Goedicke, Galerie m Bochum, Germany

2010

 

Masterworks of American Photography: Moments in Time, Amon Carter Museum, TX

2010

 

New York PhotoFestival 2010, Brooklyn, NY

2009

 

To Want for Nothing, Brancolini Grimaldi Galerie, Rome, Italy

2009

 

Likeness James Hyman Gallery, London, England

2009

 

Presence Through Absence, The Art Gallery of Brampton, ONT

2009

 

Place and Presence: Photography from the Collection, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, IL

2009

 

TBA, Hales Gallery, London, England (solo)

2009

 

TBA, Antwerp Museum of Photography, Antwerp (solo)

2009

 

TBA, foundGalerie, Hamburg, Germany (solo)

2008

 

To Say It Isn’t So, Galerie Kusseneers, Antwerp (solo)

2008

 

Ah, Decadence curated by Lisa Wainright, School of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL

2008

 

Stilleben, found Galerie, Hamburg

2008

 

What We Bring To The Table, Oakville Galleries, ONT

2008

 

Water-Stone, Gallery 148, Minneapolis College of Art & Design, MI

2008

 

Permanent Collection New Acquisitions, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

2008

 

Before the colors deepened and grew small, Galerie m Bochum, Germany (solo)

2007

 

To Say It Isn’t So, Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago

2007

 

Somewhere, Somewhere, Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2007

 

Internationale FOTO Triennale, Esslingen, Germany

2007

 

RoomXRoom, James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA

2007

 

(In)habitations,” Judy Ann Goldman Fine Art, Boston, MA

2007

 

Dirty Pretty Things, Brancolini Grimaldi Gallery, Rome, Italy (solo)

2007

 

To Say It Isn’t So, Yancey Richardson Gallery, NY (solo)

2006

 

Hardly More Than Ever, Michael Sturm Gallery, Stuttgart; J. Bellows Gallery, La Jolla,CA (solo)

2006

 

Gimmee Shelter, Hamptons, NY

2006

 

Time’s Arrow ˆ Twelve Random Thoughts on Beauty, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn

2006

 

Somewhere, Somewhere, James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA: Oakville Galleries, Toronto, Ontario; Bright Design Showroom, Chicago, IL

2005

 

Ripe for Picking, Jim Kempner Fine Art, NYC, NY

2005

 

Hardly More Than Ever, Galerie Kusseneers, Antwerp, Belgium (solo)

2005

 

Somewhere, Somewhere, Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)

2004

 

Aftermath: Still-life photographs by Laura Letinsky, Cleveland Museum of Art, OH (solo)

2004

 

Truth Matters, Houston Center of Photography, Houston, TX

2004

 

Hardly More Than Ever, The Renaissance Society, Chicago, IL; Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, ONT; Robert Klein Gallery, Boston, MA

2004

 

Acting Out, University of Iowa, Neuberger Museum of Art, NY (Touring)

2004

 

Truth Matters, Houston Center of Photography, Houston, TX

2004

 

DOMICILE, Center for Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA

2004

 

Smart Collecting: A Thirtieth Anniversary Celebration, Smart Museum, Chicago, IL

2003

 

Locating Intimacy, San Francisco Cameraworks, San Francisco, CA

2003

 

I did not remember I had forgotten, Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York, NY; Shine Gallery, London, England; Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago, IL

2003

 

Morning, and Melancholia, Iowa University Gallery, Iowa

2002

 

Some Things I Know, Gahlberg Gallery, College of DuPage, IL

2002

 

Venus Inferred-Self Portraits, Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto

2002

 

Morning, and Melancholia, Edwynn Houk Gallery, NY; Jane Jackson, Atlanta; Copia: American Academy of Food and Wine, Napa Valley

2001

 

Size Matters, Edwynn Houk Gallery, NYC, NY

2001

 

Laura Letinsky, Vox Gallery, Montreal, QUE (solo)

2000

 

Morning, and Melancholia, Carol Ehlers Gallery, Chicago, IL

1999

 

Venus Inferred, Bishop's University, Quebec

1999

 

Starry Nights, Carol Ehlers Gallery, Chicago, IL

1998

 

Venus Inferred, Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography (touring), Ottawa, ONT; GuyMcIntyre Gallery, New York, NY

1997

 

Coupling, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL

1997

 

Selected Work, Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

1996

 

Kiss This, Focal Point Gallery, Essex, England

1994

 

Courtship: Unity and Diversity, Triplex Gallery, New York, NY

1994

 

Venus Inferred, Lawndale Art and Performance Center, Houston, TX (solo)

1990

 

Latent Images, 3 Photographers, Gallery 44, Toronto, ONT

1987

 

Merchants of Love, SAW Gallery, Ottawa, ONT

1986

 

Recent Acquisitions, Portage la Prairie Art Center, Portage la Prairie, MB

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