Louise Lawler. The Tremaine pictures. List of photoworks (2007)

The photoworks include views of several iconic artworks. The descriptions below highlight which works they are, with links to information sources.

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Louise Lawler’s The Tremaine pictures show at BFAS Blondeau Fine Art Services, Geneva, Switzerland (13 September - 20 October 2007) consisted of 26 Tremaine-related photoworks on view. (As of 2007, 30 Tremaine-related works were made, and since line drawings and a coloring book have been added to the series by Lawler.)

The Tremaines, Emily and Burton, were entrepreneurial collectors of art. Lawler was invited to take photos of the artworks as situated in their New York and Madison, CT interiors, and at the 1984 Tremaine Collection exhibition at the Wadsworth Atheneum— as photowork subjects. She later took photos of some Tremaine-owned artworks at auction (1988, 1991).

To give a fuller context, in addition to art, the Tremaines commissioned architectural design by architects including Wright, Niemeyer, and Johnson starting in 1947. They also formulated a cross-disciplinary art, design (product, interior, graphics), architecture program at their commercial lighting company, the Miller Company (1945 - c. 1955). The most known element of this was their 28+ venue, travelling exhibition, Painting toward architecture (1947-52).

Below is the list of artworks exhibited at Louise Lawler’s Tremaine pictures show in Geneva. Following this list are the other Tremaine-related photoworks made by Louise Lawler in the series. Under each entry, the Tremaine-owned artworks are specified, and their photographed locations, with links to more information.


A. Tremaine pictures in the exhibition


[1] Device circle (corner cabinet arranged by Mr. & Mrs. Burton Tremaine Sr. Connecticut, (1984). Cibachrome print. 20 x 24 in. (51 x 61 cm). Edition of 5 and 1 artist’s proof. (for all, H00526-29)

Artwork shown in the photo: Jasper Johns’s Device circle, (1959)

Location: the Tremaine dining room in Madison, CT


[2] Pollock and tureen, (1984). Cibachrome print. Print size: 30 x 40 in. (76 x 101.4 cm). Edition of 5 and 1 artist’s proof.

Artwork shown in the photo: cropped view of Jackson Pollock’s Frieze, (1953-55)

Location: the Tremaine dining room in New York


[3] Living room corner, arranged by Mr. & Mrs. Burton Tremaine, Sr., New York City, (1984). Cibachrome print. Print size: 30 x 40 in. (76 x 101.5 cm). Edition of 5 and 1 artist’s proof.

Artworks shown in the photo: Robert Delaunay’s Premier disque, (1912) and presumably Roy Lichtenstein’s Ceramic head with blue shadow, (1966), and cropped view of antelope-shaped mask, Burkina Faso, (20th century)

Location: the Tremaine apartment in New York


[4] Arranged by Tracy Atkinson, Director and Gregory Hedberg, Chief Curator, at Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT, (1984). Cibachrome print. Print size: 12 x 19 in. (32.4 x 48.3 cm). Edition of 5 and 1 artist’s proof.

Artworks shown in the photo: to the left, Robert Delaunay’s Premier disque, (1912); to the right, Piet Mondrian’s Victory boogie woogie, (1942-44); in the middle, foreground, Alberto Giacometti’s Spoon woman, (1926); in the background, Louise Nevelson’s Moon garden reflections, (c. 1957)

Location: The Tremaine Collection: 20th Century Masters, The Spirit of Modernism exhibition, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT. (Exhibition dates: 26 February - 29 April 1984). (See worldcat.org for exhibition catalogue)


[5] (Stevie Wonder) Living room corner, arranged by Mr. & Mrs. Burton Tremaine, Sr., New York City, (1984 / 1985). Cibachrome print. Print size: 20 x 24 in. (50.7 x 60.9 cm). Edition of 5 and 1 artist’s proof.

Artworks shown in the photo: Robert Delaunay’s Premier disque, (1912) and presumably Roy Lichtenstein’s Ceramic head with blue shadow, (1966), and cropped view of antelope-shaped mask, Burkina Faso, (20th century)

Location: the Tremaine apartment in New York


[6] Fragment / frame / text, "Shortly before his accident", (1984). Cibachrome print. 13 x 19 1/2 in. (33 x 49.5 cm). Edition of 5 and 1 artist’s proof.

Artwork shown in the photo: cropped view of Jackson Pollock’s Frieze, (1953-55)

Location: Christie’s New York auction, Contemporary art from the Tremaine Collection, (9 November 1988). (See worldcat.org for auction catalogue)


[7] Monogram, (1984). Cibachrome print. Print size: 39 1/2 x 28 3/8 in. (100.2 x 72 cm). Edition of 5 and 1 artist’s proof.

Artwork shown in the photo: partial view of Jasper Johns’s White flag, (1955-58)

Location: Tremaine New York apartment, bedroom


[8] Does Andy Warhol make you cry?, (1988). Cibachrome print. Print size: 27 5/8 x 39 5/8 in. (70 x 100.5 cm). Edition of 5 and artist’s proof.

Artwork shown in the photo: Andy Warhol’s Head of Marilyn Monroe / Round Marilyn, (1962)

Location: Christie’s New York auction, Contemporary art from the Tremaine Collection, (9 November 1988). (See worldcat.org for auction catalogue)


[9] Does Marilyn Monroe make you cry?, (1988). Cibachrome print. 27 1/4 x 39 in. (69.2 x 99.1 cm). Edition of 5 and artist’s proof.

Artwork shown in the photo: Andy Warhol’s Head of Marilyn Monroe / Round Marilyn, (1962)

Location: Christie’s New York auction, Contemporary art from the Tremaine Collection, (9 November 1988). (See worldcat.org for auction catalogue)


[10] Untitled, (1988). Cibachrome print. Print size: 19 7/8 x 24 in. (50.5 x 61 cm). Edition of 5 and artist’s proof.

Artwork shown in the photo: cropped view of Andy Warhol’s 70 S & H Green Stamps, (1962)

Location: Christie’s New York auction, Contemporary art from the Tremaine Collection, (9 November 1988). (See worldcat.org for auction catalogue)


[11] Who are you close to? (Red), (1984 / 1990). Cibachrome print. Print size: 38 3/4 x 61 1/4 in. (98.5 x 155.5 cm). Edition of 5 and 1 artist’s proof.

Artwork shown in the photo: View of Andy Warhol’s 70 S & H Green Stamps, (1962)

Location: the Tremaine dining room in Madison, CT


[12] Black cat, (1991). Cibachrome print. Print size: 17 1/8 x 23 in. (43.5 x 58.5 cm). Edition of 5 and 1 artist’s proof.

Artwork shown in the photo: Cropped view of Fernand Léger’s Le petit déjeuner, (1921)

Location: Presumably at Christie’s New York, Important Modern paintings from the Tremaine Collection, (5 November 1991). (See worldcat.org for auction catalogue)


[13] "I can see the whole room...", (1984 / 1999). Cibachrome print. Print size: 28 3/8 x 24 in. (72.1 x 61 cm). Edition of 5 and 1 artist’s proof.

Artworks shown in the photo: to the upper left, Roy Lichtenstein’s I can see the whole room… and there’s nobody in it!, (1961); to the upper right, Robert Rauschenberg’s Windward, (1963); to the left of the fireplace, presumably Lucas Samaras’s Box #51, (1966)

Location: the Tremaine house, Madison, CT


[14] Circle, mantle, diamond, (1984 / 1999). Cibachrome print. Print size: 19 3/8 x 20 1/2 in. (49.2 x 51.9 cm). Edition of 5 and 1 artist’s proof.

Artworks shown in the photo: to the left, cropped view of Robert Delaunay’s Premier disque, (1912); antelope-shaped mask, Burkina Faso, (20th century); below to the right, Brice Marden’s Marble #14, (1981); Senufo female form (undated); to the far right, cropped view of Piet Mondrian’s Victory boogie woogie, (1942-44)

Location: the Tremaine New York living room


[15] Untitled ("I can see"), (1984 / 2007). Crystal, cibachrome, felt and wall text. 3 1/2 in. diameter (8.8 cm); 2 in. high (5 cm). Edition of 10 and two artist’s proofs.

Artwork shown in the photo: Roy Lichtenstein’s I can see the whole room… and there’s nobody in it!, (1961)

Location: the Tremaine house, Madison, CT


[16] Page, (1984). C-print. Print view: 4 x 17 1/2 in. (10.3 x 44.3 cm). Edition of 10 and two artist’s proofs.

Artworks shown in the photo: to the left, Robert Delaunay’s Premier disque, (1912); below, Roy Lichtenstein’s Ceramic head with blue shadow, (1966); to the right, antelope-shaped mask, Burkina Faso, (20th century); below to the right, Brice Marden’s Marble #14; to the right, Senufo female form (undated); to the right, cropped view of Piet Mondrian’s Victory boogie woogie, (1942-44); possible unknown artwork to the right

Location: the Tremaine New York living room


[17] Diamonds, (1984 / 1989). C-print. Print view: 3 x 3 in. (7.6 x 7.6 cm); Framed: 15 1/2 x 12 1/2 in. (38.1 x 31.8 cm). Edition of 10 and two artist’s proofs.

Artworks shown in the photo: to the left, Brice Marden’s Marble #14; middle, Senufo female form (undated); to the right, cropped view of Piet Mondrian’s Victory boogie woogie, (1942-44)

Location: the Tremaine New York living room


[18-20, which were not exhibited, are listed at the end]


[21] Three women / three chairs, arranged by Mr. & Mrs. Burton Tremaine Sr., New York City, (1984). B/W photograph. Print view: 15 1/2 x 23 in. (39.2 x 58.3 cm). Edition of 5 and 1 artist’s proof.

Artwork shown in the photo: Fernand Léger’s Le petit déjeuner, (1921)

Location: the Tremaine New York dining room


[22] "I can see the whole room... and there’s nobody in it", arranged by Mr. & Mrs. Burton Tremaine, Sr., Connecticut, (1984). B/W photograph. Print size: 19 7/8 x 24 in. (50.4 x 60.8 cm). Edition of 5 and 1 artist’s proof.

Artworks shown in the photo: to the left, Franz Kline’s Lehigh, (1956); middle, Roy Lichtenstein’s I can see the whole room… and there’s nobody in it!, (1961); to the right, cropped view of Robert Rauschenberg’s Windward, (1963); below, to the left of the fireplace, Lucas Samaras’s Box #51, (1966)

Location: the Tremaine house, Madison, CT


[23] Board of directors, (1988-89). B/W photograph. Print size: 19 3/4 x 23 3/4 in. (50.3 x 60.4 cm). Edition of 5 and 1 artist’s proof.

Artwork shown in the photo: cropped view of Jasper Johns’s White flag, (1955-58)

Location: Christie’s New York auction, Contemporary art from the Tremaine Collection, (9 November 1988). (See worldcat.org for auction catalogue)


[24] Bedroom with fireplace, arranged by Mr. and Mrs. Burton Tremaine Sr., New York City, (1984 / 1989). B/W photograph. Print size: 23 7/8 x 20 in. (60.5 x 50.6 cm). Edition of 5 and 1 artist’s proof.

Artwork shown in the photo: Piet Mondrian’s Pier and ocean, (1914)

Location: Tremaine New York apartment, bedroom


[25] Pollock and tureen, (1984/1990). B/W photograph. Print size: 19 7/8 x 24 in. (50.5 x 60.8 cm). Edition of 5 and 1 artist’s proof.

Artwork shown in the photo: cropped view of Jackson Pollock’s Frieze, (1953-55)

Location: the Tremaine dining room in New York


[26] Conditions of sale, (1988 / 1990). B/W photograph. Print size: 19 7/8 x 24 in. (50.4 x 60.7 cm). Edition of 5 and 1 artist’s proof.

Artworks shown in the photo: showing Jasper Johns’s Grey numbers, (1963); Roy Lichtenstein’s Crying girl, (1964); below, Robert Rauschenberg’s Untitled, (1958); possible unidentified work to the left

Location: Christie’s New York auction, Contemporary art from the Tremaine Collection, (9 November 1988). (See worldcat.org for auction catalogue)


[27] Lot #22, (1988 / 1991). B/W photograph. Print size: 19 3/4 x 24 in. (50.2 x 60.8 cm). Edition of 5 and 1 artist’s proof.

Artwork shown in the photo: cropped views of Jackson Pollock’s Frieze, (1953-55) and undentified artwork to the left

Location: Christie’s New York auction, Contemporary art from the Tremaine Collection, (9 November 1988). (See worldcat.org for auction catalogue)


[28] Oil on canvas, (1991 / 1997). B/W photograph. Print size: 20 x 23 7/8 in. (51 x 60.5 cm). Edition of 5 and 1 artist’s proof.

Artwork shown in the photo: cropped view of Fernand Léger’s Le petit déjeuner, (1921)

Location: Presumably at Christie’s New York, Important Modern paintings from the Tremaine Collection, (5 November 1991)


[29] Monogram, (1984/1999). B/W photograph. Print size: 9 7/8 x 8 in. (25.1 x 20.2 cm). Edition of 10 and 2 artist’s proofs.

Artwork shown in the photo: partial view of Jasper Johns’s White flag, (1955-58)

Location: Tremaine New York apartment, bedroom



B. Tremaine pictures in catalogue, but not exhibited


[18] Pollock and tureen, (1984). Cibachrome print. 16 x 20 in. (40.7 x 50.8 cm). Edition of 2.

Artwork shown in the photo: cropped view of Jackson Pollock’s Frieze, (1953-55)

Location: the Tremaine dining room in New York


[19] Pollock and tureen, (1984). Cibachrome print. 8 x 16 in. (20.3 x 25.4 cm). Edition of 2.

Artwork shown in the photo: cropped view of Jackson Pollock’s Frieze, (1953-55)

Location: the Tremaine dining room in New York


[20] Arranged by Tracy Atkinson, Director and Gregory Hedberg, Chief Curator, at Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT, (1984). Cibachrome print. Print size: 16 x 22 in. (40.7 x 55.9 cm). Unique.

Artworks shown in the photo: to the left, Robert Delaunay’s Premier disque, (1912); to the right, Piet Mondrian’s Victory boogie woogie, (1942-44); in the middle, foreground, Alberto Giacometti’s Spoon woman, (1926); in the background, Louise Nevelson’s Moon garden reflections, (c. 1957)

Location: The Tremaine Collection: 20th Century Masters, The Spirit of Modernism exhibition, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT. (Exhibition dates: 26 February - 29 April 1984). (See worldcat.org for exhibition catalogue)


[30] Three women / three chairs, arranged by Mr. & Mrs. Burton Tremaine Sr., New York City, (1984 / 1990). B/W photograph. Print size: 12 3/4 x 16 1/4 in. (32.9 x 41.3 cm). Edition of 100, placemat.

Artwork shown in the photo: Fernand Léger’s Le petit déjeuner, (1921)

Location: the Tremaine New York dining room



Source for all entries: Exhibition catalogue - (2007). Louise Lawler: The tremaine pictures, 1984-2007. Yale University library, New Haven, CT.