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Lorna Simpson

Lorna Simpson

Revised & Expanded Edition

Thelma Golden
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The most comprehensive and up-to-date monograph available on the work of the celebrated artist, a trailblazer who continues to influence and inspire

Lorna Simpson is a multimedia artist known for her pioneering approach to conceptual photography. In 1993 Simpson was the first African-American woman ever to show in the Venice Biennale and to have a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

This landmark book documents Simpson's career in its entirety, up to her most recent work - Simpson's portrait of Rihanna for the January 2021 cover of Essence has been deemed as one of the most iconic fashion images ever made by a panel of experts in The New York Magazine. In doing so, it sheds light on the remarkable path that Simpson paved to global critical acclaim and art-world stardom. The first edition of this sell-out volume has been thoroughly revised and updated, including a new essay by the superstar curator and recently appointed Guggenheim Deputy Director Naomi Beckwith.


Thelma Golden is Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem, the world’s leading institution devoted to visual art by artists of African descent. In 1988, she joined the Whitney Museum of American Art, where she launched her influential curatorial practice. Over a decade at the Whitney, she organized numerous groundbreaking exhibitions, including Black Male: Representations of Masculinity in American Art, in 1994. She was also a member of the curatorial team for the 1993 Biennial.


  • Publisher: ‎Phaidon Press (November 24, 2021)
  • Language: ‎English
  • Hardcover: ‎240 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎1838661247
  • ISBN-13: ‎9781838661243
  • Item Weight: ‎0.035 ounces
  • Dimensions: ‎9.84 x 1.02 x 11.42 inches
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