Sandy Skoglund

Sandy Skoglund

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Underpass Near Paris, 1992
Archival pigment print on Canson, Infinity Platine, Fibre Rag 310g paper 
12 x 16 inches (30.5 x 
40.6 centimeters)
Edition of 50

© Sandy Skoglund, 2020.

Working in diverse media that includes photography, sculpture, performance, and installation, Sandy Skoglund does psychologically driven work that mirrors the anxiety and paradoxical complexity of our times. Born in 1946 in Weymouth, Massachusetts, she studied art and art history at Smith College, and then went on to graduate work at the University of Iowa, receiving her MFA in painting in 1972. Her signature images of meticulously sculpted elements and striking color schemes are considered to be one of the hallmarks of the staged photography movement. With an early background in conceptual practices, she turned to photography as a means to create the “commercially uncommercial,” thus focusing on issues of entertainment and enchantment, emotional engagement, and culture vs. nature. These traits can be seen in her hybrid photo-installation projects such as Fox Games, 1989 (collection of Denver Art Museum), and The Cocktail Party, 1992 (collection of McNay Museum). These works exist as a complexity: the objects in the form of an installation, the individual sculptures, and the studio photograph/performance. The photograph here, titled Underpass Near Paris, is a sketch done in 1992 from a series of street photo- performances that were done with the plaster cats she sculpted in 1980 for the piece titled Radioactive Cats. Skoglund’s work has been included in numerous major group exhibitions such as the Whitney Biennial (1981), Cross References: Sculpture into Photography (Walker Art Center, 1987), and L’Invention d’un Art (Centre Georges Pompidou, 1989). Her work was been the subject of many solo museum exhibitions, catalogues, and books, most notably: Sandy Skoglund: Reality Under Siege, 1998 traveling exhibition throughout the USA with book/catalogue, as well as the recent 2019 book/monograph Sandy Skoglund, authored by the celebrated Italian critic Germano Celant.