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Portrait of the artist
Portrait of the artist

Lawrence Carroll’s paintings are more like painted objects than canvases in their traditional two-dimensional sense. The work cannot be approached in its entirety from a frontal standpoint as its composition and structure conceal several levels of readings. They are closer to being painterly constructions in which Lawrence Carroll integrates objects, either within the structure of the work or on the surface. The latter are comprised of inlays and layers that create a surface architecture of forms that are cobbled together or “repaired”, as the artist likes to say. Lawrence Carroll deploys an “aesthetic of scraps” by using ordinary objects and scraps in his works such as old, patched-up shoes, flowers coated in paint, bits of bread or canvas and paper glued or stapled to the surface of his paintings. At first the works appear monochromatic with light tones, but reveal diverse nuances ranging from beige to brown, blue and yellow.

Born in Melbourne in 1954, Lawrence Carroll spent his childhood in California and studied at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. In 1988 his first solo show was presented in New York followed by his first international exhibition, together with Joseph Beuys, Bruce Nauman and Robert Ryman among others, curated by Harald Szeeman at the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg, Germany. Many international solo exhibitions followed at the Kölnischer Kunstverein (1994), the Städtische Galerie im Museum Folkwang in Essen (1994) at the Guggenheim Museum in New York (1995), the MoCA in Los Angeles (2000), the Hotel des Arts in Toulon (2007), the Museo Correr in Venice (2008). He participated in the documenta 9 in Kassel and at the Venice Biennale 2013 at the Pavilion of the Holy See. His works are exhibited in several international public collections including the Guggenheim in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo and  the Museum Folkwang Essen (1994). Lawrence Carroll died in May 2019 in Cologne, Germany.

Exhibitions

Solo exhibitions
2019-20
Lawrence Carroll. Photographs

Fondazione Rolla, Bruzella, Switzerland

2019
A tribute to Lawrence Carroll

Galerie Buchmann, Berlin, Germany

2019
Lawrence Carroll. Moments

Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany

2017
Lawrence Carroll

MADRE - Museo d'Arte contemporanea, Naples, Italy

2017-18
Lawrence Carroll. As the Noise Falls Away

Kunstmuseum Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen, Magdeburg, Germany

2017
Lawrence Carroll. I have longed to move away

Museo Vincenzo Vela, Ligornetto, Switzerland

2017
Lawrence Carroll, That What Comes

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France

2014-15
Lawrence Carroll. Ghost House

MAMbo - Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, Bologna, Italy

2014
Inauguration of the Lawrence-Carroll-Room

MADRE – Museo d’Arte contemporanea, Naples, Italy

2013
Lawrence Carroll. Nothing Gold Can Stay

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France

2012-13
In the world I live

Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Dublin, Ireland; travelled to: Fundacio Palma Espai d'Art, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

2010
Dusty Corners

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France

2010
Everyday I am here

Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany

2008

Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland

2008

Studio Trisorio (with Steve Riedell), Rome, Naples, Italy

2008
Lawrence Carroll

Museo Correr, Venice, Italy

2007
Drawings 1995

Ace Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA, USA

2007
Lawrence Carroll

Hôtel des Arts, Toulon, France

2007
Lawrence Carroll - new works

Galleria Cardi, Milan, Italy

Group exhibitions
2019
Permafrost

Fox Jensen Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2018
Picasso. Gorky. Warhol. Sculptures and Works on Paper. Hubert Looser Collection

Kunsthalle Krems, Krems an der Donau, Austria

2018
14 artisti. Via Crucis - Madonna d'Ongero - Carona

Buchmann Galerie Agra, Lugano, Switzerland

2018
Futuruins

Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, Italy

2017
Künstlerräume II

Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany

2016
Summer Show

Galerie Karsten Greve AG, St. Moritz, Switzerland

2015-16
Accrochage

Galerie Karsten Greve AG, St. Moritz, Switzerland

2015
Lugano Mostra Bandiera

Lakefront, Lugano, Switzerland

2015
City Lives

Shirley Fiterman Art Center, New York, NY, USA

2014
Künstlerräume

Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany

2014
Accrochage

Galerie Karsten Greve AG, St. Moritz, Switzerland

2014
Performare una collezione #3

MADRE – Museo d’Arte contemporanea, Naples, Italy

2013
55th Venice Biennale

Vatican Pavilion, Venice, Italy

2013
Accrochage

Galerie Karsten Greve AG, St. Moritz, Switzerland

2013
Eye off the Sun. Selections from La Colección Jumex

ASU Art Museum, Tempe, AZ, USA

2013
Accrochage

Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany

2012
Giorgio Morandi

Museo d’Arte di Lugano, Switzerland

2012
Poule!

Jumex Collection, Mexico City, Mexico

2012
Holy....holy....holy

Toxic, Luxembourg

2011
25 Jahre! Sammlung Henri Nannen

Kunsthalle Emden, Germany

2011
Personality

Galleria Michela Rizzo, Venice, Italy

2011
Body and Soul. Lawrence Carroll - Gotthard Graubner - Sean Scully

Hôtel des Arts, Toulon, France

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