Notes on Baroque Living: Colette and Her Living Environment, 1972–1983
Colette Lumiere

Curated by Kenta Murakami

Between 1972 and 1983, the artist Colette transformed her Lower Manhattan loft into an immersive, ever-evolving installation and inhabited it as a living sculpture. Covering the ceilings and walls with ruched silks, blush satins, mirrors, cascading ropes and light boxes, Colette obsessively created a complete Living Environment in which every surface was a work of art. Through mixed-media paintings, sculptures, light boxes, costumes, short films, music, performance documentation, and ephemera, the exhibition at Company Gallery reconstructs a portion of this legendary space with a new installation that utilizes the original site’s elements, as well as revisits the prolific period of Colette’s practice during which she called the Living Environment her home.

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Selected Works

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Beautiful Dreamer Uniform Series II,


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Wall Fragment from the Living Environment,


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Off the Wall (As Marat in David's Wraith / PS1 Contemporary Art Center),


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Bed Series II,

1975 - 1976

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Notes on Baroque Living (Installation),

1978 - 1983, Reconstruction 2021

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Model for Sakowitz Window Display,


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Off the Wall / French Consulate, New York (Postcards of The Story of My Life),

1975 - 1977

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Camille II / Museum of Modern Art (Postcards of The Story of My Life),


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Activities and Products / Justine of the Colette is Dead Co.

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'I’m a Work of Art’ T-shirt Dress (Ripping Myself Off),

1978 - 1979

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Justine and the Victorian Punks (Records of the Story of My Life),


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The Modern Bride / Studio 54, New York (Records of the Story of My Life),


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The Messenger,

1978, Reconstruction 2021


Nov 30 2021


Your Concise New York Art Guide for December 2021

Dec 10 2021


Colette Lumiere

Dec 14 2021


Eternally Colette

Dec 20 2021

e-flux (Art Agenda)

Colette Lumiere’s “Notes on Baroque Living: Colette and Her Living Environment, 1972–83”

Jan 10 2022


The Punk Marie Antoinette of the 1970s New York Art Scene

Feb 3 2022

The Brooklyn Rail

Helène Aylon & Colette Lumiere

Mar 1 2022


Canada Choate on Colette Lumiere

Mar 19 2022

Art news

How I Made This: Reconstructing Colette Lumiere’s “Living Environment”


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