For this series, Leanne Shapton reimagines photographs from the 1900 book Celebrities of the Army, featuring portraits and biographies of leading military officers of the time. In rich watercolor, Shapton abstracts the portraits against vivid washes of color, inserting them into new aesthetic and historical contexts.
Leanne Shapton (b. 1973, Canada) is an author, artist and publisher based in New York City. She co-founded J&L Books and is a former art director of the New York Times Opinion Section. Her book Swimming Studies (Blue Rider Press 2012) won the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography; her other books include Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris (Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2009), and Was She Pretty? (Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2006). Shapton has contributed art and writing to The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, and The Paris Review, among other publications. She was recently named a judge of the 2018 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.
Watercolor on paper
38 × 31 inches framed