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"Heads," Group Show on Portraiture, at Julie Saul

Posted By Administration, Saturday, January 9, 2010
Updated: Thursday, December 19, 2013

  DATE: January 9, 2010


"Heads," Group Show on Portraiture, at Julie Saul   This cleverly chosen group of photographs suggests the various ways artists deal with portraiture. In many instances here, they avoid direct confrontation with human subjects by photographing dolls, mannequins, paintings, or other representations.   Arne Svenson brings us face to face with an unnervingly expressive forensic model of a child, based on skeletal remains, and Tanya Marcuse zeroes in on the seductive smile of a reclining wax figure. Other photographers—Valérie Belin, Gary Schneider, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Hellen van Meene—find ways to emphasize the shifting reality of the portrait with images of real people that slip into beguiling fictions.

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