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INEZ & VINOODH
Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA
July 12th - August 23rd, 2013
Many photographers rise from the world of fashion portraiture to become the leading photographers of their day, and the photographic husband and wife team of Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin are no strangers to that ascent. Like era-defining commercial photographers Richard Avedon and Irving Penn who came before them, Inez & Vinoodh got their start as highly sought after society portrait artists.
The work of this Amsterdam born duo simultaneously display an understanding of the classical oil poses of the old Dutch Masters and an awareness of the gestured celebrity faces and flowers of photographer Irving Penn, a man whose portraiture was known for dominantly propping a face within a graphically posed frame.
So what makes the portraiture of Inez & Vinoodh unique?
And the answer is:
Both elegant and withdrawn, simplistic yet containing elements that are often highly energized, the aesthetic of Inez & Vinoodh is all about the gesturing they employ as they transform their subjects from regular people and twist them into icons. It’s also about the details they use to draw you into the expression found within someone’s face, like the drapping of a cloth around someone’s head, a piece of lace applied to someone’s face, or someone’s wild gesturing hair. And not to be understated, their work is about the digital alterations and adaptations woven in and around their imagery. Sometimes extreme or sometimes subtly enhanced, these often Surreal digital adaptations add an exploitation of line or shape or a Surreal abstraction that all help set this Manhattan based duo apart.
Of their work, photographers Inez & Vinoodh have said “Basically every picture we take is a self-portrait; a picture of how we feel at that moment in our lives.”
Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin at the Gagosian Beverly Hills July 12, 2013 - August 23, 2013. This exhibition was previously hung at the Gagosian Paris, France January 24 - March 9, 2013.
Inez & Vinoodh were on display at the Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, California
from July 12th through August 23rd, 2013.
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Review is © Ron Barbagallo 2013
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