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MAIN GALLERY: Amy Arbus – After Images
April 9, 2013 @ 12:00 pm - June 2, 2013 @ 4:00 pm
Amy Arbus uses photography to evoke the classical paintings of Picasso, Modigliani, Balthus, and Ingres, bringing the subjects to life. “I chose portraits that I found emotionally intense and heartbreakingly beautiful,” says Arbus. She then photographed actor friends and other models to reflect those paintings. “Re-enacting a painting requires a very deliberate kind of scrutiny,” Arbus says. “It felt like dissecting and re-assembling. I was always too intimidated to create portraits in the style of another photographer, yet ironically with this series, in taking liberties from the original, I feel I was able to make my most unique body of work yet. When people first see them, they aren’t sure if they are looking at paintings or photographs.”