Inez van Lamsweerde


December 12, 1998 - January 23, 1999
522 W 22 Street

Press Release

Matthew Marks is pleased to announce Inez van Lamsweerde, the next exhibition in his gallery at 522 West 22nd Street.

The exhibition will consist of ten new photographs, titled Me. The large-scale color cibachrome prints are mounted between thick layers of plexiglass and were originally shot on 4 x 5 inch polaroid film.

Born in 1963, Inez van Lamsweerde lives and works in Amsterdam and New York. She started showing her work in 1993 and has been included in the exhibitions L'Hiver de L'Amour at the Musée d'art moderne, Paris in 1994, Alterita' e Identita' at the 1995 Venice Biennale, last year's, A Rose is a Rose is a Rose at the Guggenheim Museum and Surrealism Today at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus. Her first one-person museum exhibition was held at the Kunsthaus Zurich in 1996.

Me is a series of "self-portraits"; images of the artist and others with whom she is closely linked, both male and female, age 6 to over 70 years old. In these carefully constructed photographs, the subjects have all been posed in a similar distorted manner on a small bed made by the artist. Each photograph represents different aspects of her personality and together these new works, in her words, "create an intimate new world not directly related to everyday reality."

Inez van Lamsweerde's earlier works used digital manipulation to achieve an artificial perfection. Her new photographs, however, are direct and unaltered and both softer and more raw than her previous work.

Inez van Lamsweerde will remain on view through January 23, 1999 at 522 West 22nd Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues). Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 to 6:00pm. The gallery will be closed December 24th through January 1st.

For further information or photographs please contact Andrew Leslie at 212-243-0200.

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