Rineke Dijkstra at Marian Goodman Gallery in New York

Rineke Dijkstra: Still from 'The Krazy House, Liverpool, UK, 2008-2009', 4 channel video HD installation, Color, sound, 32 minutes, loop (c) by the artist courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

 

Most of us know the large-scale portrait photographs by the Dutch artist Rineke Dijkstra. I like the portraits of teenagers posing insecurely on an empty, probably somewhat cold, beach.  Her portraits always show an emotional intensity.

 

 

For her current show at Marian Goodman Gallery, she returns to video for the first time after 16 years. There are three video installations:

 

 

 

Rineke Dikjstra: Still from 'Ruth drawing Picasso', Tate Liverpool, 2009, 1 channel video HD installation, Color, sound,6 minutes, 36 sec., loop (c) by the artist courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery New York

 

For 'Ruth drawing Picasso, Tate Liverpool, UK' Ms. Dijksta focuses on Ruth: She is a teenager in school uniform from an English school class, who copies a Picasso at Tate Liverpool. You never see the original painting or Ruth's classmates - there is only Ruth.

 

 

 

Rineke Dijkstra: Still from 'I See a Woman Crying (Weeping Woman)', Tate Liverpool, 2009

 

The second video, 'I See a Woman Crying (Weeping Woman)', also takes place at Tate Liverpool: Again, the viewer never actually sees Picasso's 'Weeping Woman'. Instead, you can watch the reactions and conversations of nine English school kids in front of this painting.

 

Rineke Dijkstra: Still from 'he Krazy House, Liverpool, UK, 2008-2009' 4 channel video HD installation, Color, sound, 32 minutes, loop (c) by the artist, courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

 

For the third video 'The Krazy House, Liverpool, UK' installation, Ms. Dijkstra continues a format, she already used in 1996 in her early video installation 'The Buzzclub': She sets up a mini photo studio in the remote area of the dance club Krazy House in Liverpool. Then she asked regular guests of the club to pose in her mini studio without any further instructions. They danced to the music. Rineke Dijkstra chooses a classic (two third) portrait format for the camera.

 

 

I like this video the best, as its laboratory situation creates a very empathetic portrait of the dancers.

 

 

 

by G. Radwanovsky

 

 

Rineke Dijkstra at Marian Goodman Gallery, 24 West 57th St. New York

Through 21 August 2010

 

 

 

 

 

Comments

Tony, 18-08-10 13:20
It is really a great show!
Karson, 07-08-11 21:14
Hey hey hey, take a gnaedr at what' you've done
cyocqdu, 11-10-12 11:31
cyocqdu
Lisa, 09-01-13 13:44
There are some fascinating ptoins in time in this article however I don’t know if I see all of them heart to heart. There's some validity but I'll take maintain opinion till I look into it further. Good article , thanks and we want more! Added to FeedBurner as nicely
qankzvmov, 10-01-13 07:29

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