© Todd Hido

© Todd Hido

Nine Portraits

Richard Avedon
, Dawoud Bey, Todd Hido, Yasumasa Morimura, Laurel Nakadate, Jack Pierson, Alec Soth, Larry Sultan, Katherine Wolkoff

This varied and eclectic selection of contemporary photographic works in the format of the traditional portrait bust was purposefully chosen for the head and shoulders presentation of the subject in a studio environment or other non-referential place. Whether formally posed, snapshot-like, taken from video stills, or rendered using digital means, the works included take a close-up and unflinching examination of the subject, delving into the complexity and psychology of facial expression. Subjects include recognizable figures, anonymous individuals, and the artists themselves.

Included in the exhibition is Richard Avedon's mesmerizing portrait of Francis Bacon. Avedon described Bacon's pose in the portrait as "a perfect performance". Other works included are: a signature triptych portrait by Dawoud Bey revealing three views of the subjects face; a work from Todd Hido's previously unseen portrait series of women photographed in motel rooms; Yasumasa Morimura's Picasso-based self portrait as Sylvette; Jack Pierson's 1997 portrait titled "Ed O'Toole, 19th St.", a provocative image that features one of his letter-based installations; a work from Alec Soth's new series of portraits; Larry Sultan's confrontational "Woman in Curlers" from "The Valley" series; a self-portrait video still from "We Are All Made of Stars" by New York-based artist Laurel Nakadate who is currently exhibiting in PS1's "Greater New York" exhibition; and a gorgeous silhouette photograph by New York based artist Katherine Wolkoff.

Exhibition: June 2 - July 9, 2005
Gallery hours: Tues-Fri 9:30 am - 5:30 pm,
Sat 10:30 am - 5:30 pm

Stephen Wirtz Gallery
49 Geary Street, 3rd Floor
USA-San Francisco, CA 94108
Telephone +1 415 433-6879
Fax +1 415 433-1608
Email swg@wirtzgallery.com


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