Occupied TerritoryPhotographs by Lynne Cohen
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In 1987 Aperture published Lynne Cohen’s first monograph, Occupied Territory, an exploration of space as simulated experience—idealized and standardized. Now, Aperture is pleased to release an expanded, reissue, making Cohen’s pioneering work available to a contemporary audience and situating her within the lineage of Lewis Baltz, Stephen Shore, and other widely celebrated Topographic photographers.
During the ’70s and ’80s, Cohen turned her view-camera toward classrooms, science laboratories, testing facilities, waiting rooms, and other interior spaces where function triumphs over aesthetics. In cool, functional offices, futuristic reception areas, lifeless party rooms, and escapist motel rooms, Cohen surveys a society of surface, contradiction, and social engineering. The occasional decoration added in attempts at individualism only serve to amplify their uniformity. In her hands, clouds peel off walls and forest glades invade indoor tennis courts. Cohen records the world’s ready-made sculptures, waiting to be framed by the photograph.
This edition includes a new text by Britt Salvesen, and fifteen unpublished images from the book’s original time period, encouraging a reexamination of Cohen’s deft exploration of Topographic seeing.
Lynne Cohen’s (born in Racine, Wisconsin, 1944) work has been exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Barbican Art Gallery, London; and National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Cohen is represented by Art 45, Montreal; Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago; James Hyman Gallery, London; and Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels; among others. In 2011, she was awarded the inaugural Scotiabank Photography Award. She lives in Montreal and teaches at the University of Ottawa.
David Byrne (preface) is a world-renowned artist and musician.
Britt Salvesen (essay) is department head and curator of the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department, and the department head and curator of prints and drawings, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
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“'Occupied Territory' - Classic Monograph With Photos By Lynne Cohen,” Hamptons.com, May 14, 2012
Review, Planet Magazine, Sara Roffino, June 1, 2012
“Nothing is Hidden,” Tumblr, Newsweek, June 18, 2012
“Visions of Emptiness,” Review, SpeakEasy Blog, The Wall Street Journal, Rebecca Horne, June 19, 2012