Inspired at Steven Kasher features photos taken by over 30 contemporary artists who were each "inspired" by an iconic image. As the exhibit's press release states, the photos on display "reflect a wide range of photographic genres, generations and styles. The artists apply diverse approaches: appropriation, re-creation, homage, parody, and pastiche." Among the diverse works that provided inspiration for today's artists are: Man Ray's Noire et Blanche, 1926; Edward Steichen's Greta Garbo, 1928; Berenice Abbott's Nightview, New York, 1932; Ruth Orkin's An American Girl in Italy, 1951; Eddie Adams' disturbing General Nguyen Ngoc Loan executing a Viet Cong prisoner in Saigon, February 1, 1968; Lynda Benglis' controversial Artforum ad for her exhibit at the Paula Cooper Gallery, 1974; Andy Warhol's Self-Portrait with Skull, 1977; Richard Avedon's In The American West, 1979-84; Nan Goldin's Jimmy Paulette and Tabboo! in the bathroom, NYC, 1991; Catherine Opie's Self-Portrait/Nursing, 2004; along with many, many more.
The gallery's checklist serves as a handy cheat-sheet, conveniently providing a small image of each original, inspirational artwork beside its corresponding recreation. It's interesting to see which works inspired the artists in the exhibit and it's fun to compare the famous pieces to their unique reinterpretations. As the press release states, Inspired celebrates "the influence of the iconic" works and acknowledges the endurance and impact of their imagery. Only time will tell if some of the artists currently featured in the exhibition will go on to someday inspire future generations themselves. Learn more at Stevenkasher.com. Through August 13th.
Mickalene Thomas, Le Dejeuner Sur L'Herbe: Les Trois Femmes Noires, 2010, inspired by the work of Seydou Keita
Leonard Nimoy, Full Body Project #1, 2004, inspired by Herb Ritts, Stephanie, Cindy, Christy, Tatjana, Naomi, Hollywood, 1989
Tim Hailand, Self-Portrait as Hand in Glove Single Sleeve by The Smiths, 2007, inspired by The Smiths, Hand in Glove record sleeve, 1983
Burton Machen, Urban Evolution #8, 9/16/2009, 8:41:38am NYC, 2009, inspired by Diane Arbus, Child with Toy Hand Grenade in Central Park, New York City, 1962, and Berenice Abbott, Nightview, New York, 1932