Leanne Shapton
Swimming Studies, Pools, Agadir, 2011, Unframed

This small-scale work is part of a series of 72 paintings by illustrator, author, and publisher Leanne Shapton, featured in her 2012 graphic novel Swimming Studies The novel gathers fragments of text and imagery that together form a nuanced archive of Shapton’s experience as a competitive swimmer in her adolescence, her voluntary ‘retirement,’ and the transferral of her honed discipline to an art practice. The Pools series catalogues the various pools the artist recalls swimming in, abstracting each to their surface shape. This painting represents the Riad des Golfs pool located in Agadir, Morocco. 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. Shapton has written and illustrated several books, and has contributed art and writing to The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, and The Paris Review, among other publications. Watercolor on paper Unique 6.5 x 8 inches unframed
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