All posts tagged: portraits

On the verge of disappearing: Francesca Woodman’s self-portraits

FN is often coming back to the work of Francesca Woodman.  She was an American photographer best known for her black and white pictures featuring herself and female models. Many of her photographs show young women who are nude, blurred (due to movement and long exposure times), merging with their surroundings, or whose faces are obscured. Her work continues to be the subject of much critical acclaim and attention, years after she committed suicide at the age of 22. FN also really likes her video work – but it’s hard to find places to view it. There’s this one film on youtube – a work I remember seeing at the 4th Berlin Biennial, the year it was curated by The Wrong Gallery trio: Maurizio Cattelan, Massimiliano Gioni and Ali Subotnick. Although Woodman used different cameras and film formats during her career, most of her photographs were taken with medium format cameras producing 2-1/4 by 2-1/4 inch (5.7 by 5.7 cm) square negatives. Woodman created at least 10,000 negatives, which her parents now keep. Woodman’s estate, which is …

You don’t take a photograph, you make it: two artists working with found portraits

Fat Nancy’s been looking at things to do with photographs from markets and car boot sales, grandma’s attic and old photo studios … here’s two artists working with found portraits that FN’s been looking at again today. Playful and an absolute Fat Nancy favourite is John Stezaker. There’s a nice short interview from the Guardian here: http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2012/aug/08/john-stezaker-best-photograph I call my combinations of images of men and women “marriages”. It is an old idea for me, although this is a recent work, from my series Muse. Each picture consists of a man smoking combined with a female other half, the idea being that he is “inhaling inspiration”, which is classically associated with the female. When I started producing marriages, I felt I was creating new beings. They were more like people than the original bland glamour shots of the 40s and 50s that I used as source material. Somehow, when they got broken up and recombined, real people seemed to emerge. John Stezaker And then Julie Cockburn, who’s mode of attack seems to be a kind …

Collection XXIII: Michaël Borremans

Michaël Borremans was born in 1963 in Geraardsbergen, Belgium. David Zwirner Art Review on Michael Borremans Michaël Borremans was born in 1963 in Geraardsbergen, Belgium. In 1996, he received his M.F.A. from Hogeschool voor Wetenschap en Kunst, Campus St. Lucas, in Ghent.  Over the past decade, Borremans’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at a number of prominent institutions. In 2014, a major museum survey, Michaël Borremans: As sweet as it gets, consisting of one hundred works from the past two decades, was presented at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. The exhibition traveled later in the year to the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, followed by the Dallas Museum of Art in 2015. Also on view in 2014 was the artist’s first museum solo show in Japan, Michaël Borremans: The Advantage, at the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo. In 2011, a comprehensive solo show, titled Eating the Beard, was presented at the Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, which toured to the Műcsarnok Kunsthalle, Budapest and the Kunsthalle Helsinki. In 2010, he had a solo exhibition at the Kunstnernes Hus …