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Deana Lawson


Deana Lawson — Born 1979, Rochester, New York. Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Represented by Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago; Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York; and David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles.


Deana Lawson is a photo-based artist whose work examines the body’s ability to channel personal and social histories, addressing themes of familial legacy, community, romance, and spiritual aesthetics. Her practice borrows from simultaneous visual traditions, ranging from photographic and figurative portraiture, social documentary aesthetics, and vernacular family album photographs. Lawson is visually inspired by the materiality of black culture and its expression as seen through the body and in domestic environments. Careful attention is given to lighting and pose, both formal constructs used to transform and intensify representations of power and liberation through the personal and intimate space.


Lawson received her MFA in Photography from RISD in 2004. Her work will be the subject of a major upcoming retrospective jointly organized by MoMA PS1 and the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, and has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Art Institute of Chicago, Kunsthalle Basel, Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, Brooklyn Museum of Art, MoMA PS1, Underground Museum in Los Angeles, Studio Museum in Harlem, KIT Museum in Dusseldorf Germany, Light Work Gallery in Syracuse, Cohan & Leslie Gallery in New York, Artists Space in New York, Print Center in Philadelphia, and Spelman College Museum of Fine Art in Atlanta. Lawson is the recipient of the Art Matters Grant, John Gutmann Photography Fellowship, Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant, Aaron Siskind Fellowship Grant, a NYFA Grant, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Lawson became the first artist working in photography to be awarded the Guggenheim Museum’s Hugo Boss Prize in 2020.


Bad Girls 2021 - Featured Work

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Jontia in the Kitchen, 2008

photograph: inkjet print

92.7 x 115.6 cm - 36.5 x 45.5 inches

edition 4 of 6, with 2 AP


Not for sale. 

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