Anne Collier
Photographer / Artist

Anne Collier combines still-life photography with techniques of appropriation in meticulously arranged compositions. Photographed against flat, plain surfaces in her studio, found objects — record covers, magazine pages, appointment calendars, and postcards — reveal Collier’s interest in the mass media and popular culture of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. Informed as much by West Coast Conceptual art as by commercial product photography and advertising, her deadpan pictures (which are often humorous and subtly self-reflexive) present a set of formal and psychological associations that frame recurrent tensions around power and gender.

The works often investigate the culture of photography, the conventions of nude photography, and the act of seeing.

Collier’s still lifes highlight the materiality of photographic reproduction and the deployment of images within print culture, now increasingly rendered obsolete by digital technologies. Deeply invested in the history of photography as a medium of art and intellectual inquiry, Collier’s work questions and recontextualizes clichéd popular imagery, alternately evoking her own personal history and a more general nostalgic attraction to found material.

Anne Collier was born in 1970 in Los Angeles. She received a BFA from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in 1993 and a MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2001. She lives and works in New York City.

[MoMA]

Anne Collier
Photographer / Artist

Anne Collier combines still-life photography with techniques of appropriation in meticulously arranged compositions. Photographed against flat, plain surfaces in her studio, found objects — record covers, magazine pages, appointment calendars, and postcards — reveal Collier’s interest in the mass media and popular culture of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. Informed as much by West Coast Conceptual art as by commercial product photography and advertising, her deadpan pictures (which are often humorous and subtly self-reflexive) present a set of formal and psychological associations that frame recurrent tensions around power and gender.

The works often investigate the culture of photography, the conventions of nude photography, and the act of seeing.

Collier’s still lifes highlight the materiality of photographic reproduction and the deployment of images within print culture, now increasingly rendered obsolete by digital technologies. Deeply invested in the history of photography as a medium of art and intellectual inquiry, Collier’s work questions and recontextualizes clichéd popular imagery, alternately evoking her own personal history and a more general nostalgic attraction to found material.

Anne Collier was born in 1970 in Los Angeles. She received a BFA from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in 1993 and a MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2001. She lives and works in New York City.

[MoMA]

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