Lorna Simpson is interviewed by writer Alison Green

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New York based African-American artist Lorna Simpson came to prominence in the 1980s with challenging work that dealt with issues surrounding race, gender and sex. Though deceptively simple and extremely elegant, her juxtapositions of text and image pack a powerful punch, as in Untitled (2 necklines) of 1989, in which the text between two circular photographs of necklines reads: ‘ring, surround, lasso, noose, eye, areola, halo, cuffs, collar, loop’, ending with the phrase, ‘feel the ground sliding from under you’. In collaboration with Art Monthly