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New Yorker Review: Hellen van Meene at Yancey Richardson

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2014
DATE: October 12, 2011

Through October 22


Image
Hellen van Meene, Untitled #366, 2010, © Hellen van Meene,
Courtesy of the artist and Yancey Richardson Gallery
 
Image
Hellen van Meene, Untitled #368, 2010, © Hellen van
Meene, Courtesy of the artist and Yancey Richardson Gallery
 
Image
Hellen van Meene, Untitled #379, 2010, © Hellen van
Meene, Courtesy of the artist and Yancey Richardson Gallery
 
New work by Hellen van Meene continues her decades long affair with the portrait. Clean clear light and rich indulgent shadows make the Vermeer-like appearance engaging and alive. The space seems charged around the timid figures. There is a quietness about the subjects, young adolescent girls from the artist's home town of Heiloo, The Netherlands. Each sitter seems caught in a moment of self reflection and they do seem to be on the brink of change- a moment of transition and it is as if we have stumbled upon their own discovery and exploration. Some engage us with their eyes directly, others seem not to notice at all, and a few seem to be caught in a moment of fantasy at their own evolution.

Also included are portraits of animals; these works are a new subjects for Meene, and a marked new turn for her work.

New Yorker Review

For more information on the exhibition please visit Yancey Richardson Gallery


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