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Born in the Hague in 1956\, Hendrik Kerstens has for the l ast 17 years been producing an ongoing body of work that explores some of t he many intersections between painting and photography.
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Using his daughter Paula as his only subject\, Kerstens not only pho tographs her in reference to Old Master Dutch painting but also in relation to her own life and the world we live in today.  
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\nConceptually Kerstens' photographs address issues of seriality\, time\, a nd identity\, while emotionally they speak to his love for his child and th eir ongoing collaboration.\n
Pictorially\, Kerstens photographs a re breathtakingly masterful prints with an extraordinary combination of lig ht and skin tone that it would not be overstating to say signal a new techn ical level of achievement in prinitng.  A largely self-taught photographer\ , over the last decade Kerstens has mastered his craft in a way that serves to dispel any lingering questions about the quality\, validity\, and expre ssive power of digital photography.
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Kerstens' wor k\, however\, is not just imitating painting. From early on\, he became inc reasingly interested in combining the art of photographic portraiture with the game of creating a conceptual and sometimes humorous dialog between pas t and present. The titles give the game away. "Napkin" looks like a maid's bonnet. In "Bag"\, a plastic grocery bag is shaped to look like a lace hood . In other pictures no pretense is made to imitate 17th century clothing bu t Paula's face and Kerstens' light turn a modern hoodie into a classic and timeless garment.
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Kerstens' work has long been ac knowledged for its many qualities but surprisingly this will be the first l arge scale solo exhibition of his work in America.  (Previously Alexander M cQueen\, based his Fall 2009 collection on Kerstens' photograph of Paula wi th a plastic bag as a head-dress\, using the image as his invitation for th e show.)  That same year Kersten's work was featured in the exhibition "Dut ch Seen" at The Museum of the City of New York.
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C urrently his image "Hairnet" is the cover image for Pier 24s current show " About Face" – an exhibition focusing on the tradition of portrait-based pho tography – alongside artists such as August Sander\, Diane Arbus\, and Rich ard Avedon. 
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DTEND:20130216 DTSTAMP:20140725T234900 DTSTART:20130110 GEO:40.748634;-74.005304 LOCATION:Danziger Projects\,527 West 23rd Street \nNew York\, NY 10011 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Solo Exhibition\, Hendrik Kerstens UID:251759 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR