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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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Ferenc Berko at Gitterman Gallery

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

DATE: January 9, 2010

 

Born in Hungary, Berko was brought up in Germany, and spent many years shuttling between Europe, India, and America before settling in Aspen. His peripatetic life is reflected in this show of photographs, made between 1933 and 1951, when he refined his distinctly modernist vision

 

.Berko's work is at once warm and cool, most apparent in a wall of nude studies of his wife, Mirte. The influence of László Moholy-Nagy crops up in skewed Bauhaus-style compositions, but these handsome images get serious competition in his photographs of India, where an almost dizzying vivaciousness overwhelms all sense of formalist cool.

 

 

 

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Ferenc Berko, Paris, 1937 courtesy Gitterman Gallery

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