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The Yancey Richardson Gallery is pleased to present There is something I don’t know\, the first full solo show at the gallery for Czech artist Jitka Hanzlová. In her most recent series\, Hanzlová explores the s tyle and manner of  Renaissance portraiture through a contemporary photogra phic lens. Making her portraits in various European cities\, including Mila n\, Madrid\, and Essen\, Germany\, the artist’s adopted home since 1982\, H anzlová sought out individuals whose presence was evocative of the portrait s from the Renaissance period. As the artist states\, “I can’t make those Q uattrocentro portraits. That time is gone. Those portraits are done. I live in a different time and space. I want to and can make portraits of today…l ooking for people who seem to have something of that time.”
The subjec ts of Hanzlová’s portraits are men and women\, young and old\, each dressed in contemporary clothes and presented with a dignified\, archetypal pose a gainst a simple background. Subjects face the camera directly\, or in three -quarter or full profile\, often lit with a subtle natural light and posses sing enigmatic\, contemplative expressions.
The works are certainly Ha nzlová’s homage to masterpieces of Renaissance portraiture such as da Vinci ’s Mona Lisa\, and Piero della Francesca’s Duke and Duchess of Urbino\, but they are also distinct and provocative illustrations of an ineffable timel essness characteristic of much of Hanzlová’s photographs.
Hanzlová’s f irst major body of work\, Rokytnik (1990-1994)\, is a meditation on the tin y Czech village she’d fled a decade earlier during the Communist regime. Th e series of portraits and landscapes of her former home is the foundation f or all her subsequent bodies of work\, each one investigating notions of me mory\, belonging\, alienation and identity in the context of place. Even Fo rest\, Hanzlová’s penetrating exploration of the forest around her childhoo d village\, can be interpreted as a kind of extended portraiture\, a psychi c portrait of memory and loss.
A major retrospective of Hanzlova’s pho tography from the last two decades was organized by Fundación MAPFRE in Mad rid this spring and has travelled to the National Galleries of Scotland\, w here it will be on display through February 3\, 2013.
Born in Czechosl ovakia in 1958\, Jitka Hanzlová has lived in Germany since 1982. She has ha d solo exhibitions in several international museums\, including the Museum Folkwang\, Essen\, the Fotomuseum\, Winterthur\, and the Stedelijk\, Amster dam. She is the winner of the 2007 BMW Prize at Paris Photo\, the 2003 Gran d Prix Award\, Arles\, and was shortlisted for the 2001 Citibank Photograph y Prize. Her work is held in the permanent collections of several major mus eums\, including the Museum of Modern Art\, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art\, Stedelijk Museum\, and the Fotomuseum Winterthur\, among many others.

DTEND:20121222 DTSTAMP:20141129T065252 DTSTART:20121025 GEO:40.7476678;-74.0057379 LOCATION:Yancey Richardson Gallery\,525 W. 22nd St. \nNew York\, NY 10011 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY: There is something I don't know\, Jitka Hanzlová UID:242485 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR