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Artist's Reception: Lee Friedlander at Pace/MacGill Gallery

Posted By Administration, Monday, October 22, 2012
Updated: Friday, January 3, 2014

Dual-Venue Exhibition
With new work from Mannequin being featured at Pace/MacGill

Exhibition Dates: October 26 - December 22, 2012

Opening with the Artist:
Saturday, October 27
2:00 - 4:00 pm


American photographic legend Lee Friedlander will be featured in a dual-venue exhibition. Both displays will be presented at 32 East 57th Street, NYC- the second floor gallery will focus on iconic nudes from the late 1970's to early 1990's and Pace/MacGill Gallery on the ninth floor of the same 57th street address will feature images from a new body of work, Mannequin.

Friedlander is celebrated for his dedication to recording the American social landscape; he has been doing so since 1948. His work first came to the public's attention when it was included in the 1967 New Documents exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art and has never faded. With the continued support of international museums- through exhibition and collection; production of over 30 monographs; and awards of numerous honors, grants, and fellowships Friedlander has thrived. The work is more than deserving- his compositions are tight and dynamic, his use of juxtaposition playful and poignant. His subjects touch on the photographic media's "most central motifs from landscapes, street scenes, and interiors to nudes, portraits, self-portraits and still-life's" Friedlander has left no stone unturned, no genre untouched. The work has amounted to a view of the American social landscape that is both specific and whole.

In the newest work, Mannequin (2003-2011) Friedlander reemploys techniques from his past. Through the use of reflection Friedlander layers space and invests content. Low vantage images of mannequins in storefront windows of Los Angeles, New York City, and San Francisco underline the American obsession with fashion, and beyond that consumerism. The plastic bodies loom large in the layered frames but the iconic and desirable are here seen critically and become hollowed. The keen and layered sense of Friedlander is as sharp as ever.

For more information on the exhibition, please visit Pace/MacGill Gallery

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