Leanne Shapton’s painting practice is but one aspect of her varied work, offering expression to her compulsion to record, document, collect experiences, and tell stories.
In this series of four watercolour on paper, Shapton interprets and abstracts the humble socks that made it all the way to the archives of the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, RI. These works appeared in Racquet No. 4. Shown here (from left) are socks worn by Serena Williams, Monica Seles, and Billie Jean King, as well as a pair of antique tennis stockings, provenance unknown.
Leanne Shapton, b. 1973, is a Canadian author, artist and publisher based in New York City. She is the co-founder, with photographer Jason Fulford, of J&L Books, an internationally-distributed not-for-profit imprint specializing in art and photography books. Shapton’s Swimming Studies won the 2012 National Book Critic’s Circle Award for autobiography, and was long listed for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2012. Her works have appeared in diverse newspapers and magazines such as The New York Times, The Paris Review and The New Yorker. Shapton was part of the 2018 Man Booker Prize jury.
Watercolor on paper, 8 x11 inches. $800.