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Pleasure More

1998-1999

  • Medium

    Cibachrome print mounted on board

  • Dimensions

    30 x 36 1/2 x 7/8 in. (76.2 x 92.71 x 2.22 cm)

  • Credit

    The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
    Purchased with funds provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. and Councilman Joel Wachs

  • Accession number

    2001.27

  • Object label

    Pleasure More is a photograph by Louise Lawler of another artist’s sculpture—Andy Warhol’s Silver Clouds, a roomful of helium-filled “pillows” made of metalized plastic. Lawler took this picture in 1997, when Warhol’s work was re-created for an exhibition at a commercial art gallery in New York. Part of what Pleasure More captures is the way an artwork circulates in the world, as a copy rather than as an original, and as an object to be sold for financial profit. Photography is an apt choice of medium—because of its inherent reproducibility, a photograph obscures the distinction between original and copy. The blur across the silver balloons underscores the work’s movement in the gallery space, a metaphor for the circulation of objects in the art world.