Abigail Lane

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Abigail Lane (born 1967, in Penzance, Cornwall) is an English artist who works in photography, wax casting, printing and sound.[1] Lane was one of the exhibitors in the 1988 Damien Hirst-led Freeze exhibition—a mixed show of art which was significant in the development of the later-to-be YBA scene of art.

Life and work[edit]

Lane studied at Bristol Polytechnic and Goldsmiths College, University of London.[2] Lanes work attempts to address an absence of an artist or "missing person".[1] She uses clues and photographs as a trace or evidence to her work inviting the audience to piece together a narrative or event that has taken place.[3] Abigail Lane's work presents a disturbing subject matter which creates an alluring effect,[1] Tracey Emin states, "Abigail could show the contents of her fridge and it would be fantastic."[4]

Lane exhibited in the Damien Hirst curated Freeze in 1988, with others including Gary Hume RA, Sarah Lucas and Fiona Rae RA.[5] Karsten Schubert gave her the first solo show in 1992.[6] One of her most well known shows was 'Skin of Teeth'[3] hosted at The Institute of Contemporary Arts in 1995.[3] Lane went on to have a solo show at the Bonnefanten Museum in Maastricht in 1996.[3]

In October 2003, with her two friends Bob Pain and Brigitte Stepputtis, Lane launched a design company in 2003[7] from her London based studio called "Showroom Dummies" . "Showroom Dummies" included a collection of cushions, tiles, fabrics, blankets, uniforms and wall coverings [8] which Lane described as 'things I would want in my own house"[9]


  • Freeze, Surrey Docks, London, 1988
  • New Contemporaries, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, 1989
  • Modern Medicine, Building One, London, 1990
  • Show Hide Show, Anderson O’Day Gallery, London, 1991
  • Mat Collishaw, Angus Fairhurst, Abigail Lane, Via Farini, Milan, Italy, 1992
  • Abigail Lane: Making History Karsten Schubert, 1992
  • Group show, Barbara Gladstone Gallery and Stein Gladstone Gallery, New York, 1992
  • 20 Fragile Pieces. Galerie Barbara et Luigi Polla Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland, 1992
  • Skin of Teeth, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London 1995
  • Privacy, Documentario, Milan, Italy, 1993

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Bush, Kate (1995). Abigail Lane. London: Institute of Contemporary Arts. p. 7. ISBN 090526374 X.
  2. ^ Abigail Lane Biography
  3. ^ a b c d Adams; Jardine; Maloney; Rosenthal; Shone (1997). Sensation: Young British Artists from Saatchi Collection. London: Thames & Hudson. p. 200. ISBN 0500280428.
  4. ^ Sarah Lucas: 'Moving to the country was very magical somehow'
  5. ^ Abigail Lane
  6. ^ Artist biography
  7. ^ "SHOWROOM DUMMIES". 28 April 2006. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  8. ^ Murphy, Dominic; Steiner, Susie (12 October 2002). "Private view". the Guardian. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  9. ^ Beard, Alison. "The eerie interior universe of Abigail Lane" (PDF). Financial Times. Retrieved 23 November 2018.

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