Steven Kasher Gallery is pleased to announce Inspired, a group exhibition curated by Beth Rudin DeWoody. The exhibition will present contemporary photographs inspired by iconic photographs. The show includes over 30 well-known and emerging international artists.
The photographs in Inspired reflect a wide range of photographic genres, generations and styles. The artists apply diverse approaches: appropriation, re-creation, homage, parody, and pastiche. Eric Kroll acknowledges Man Ray’s early use of masked figures in fashion and in turn disguises his models with Man Ray monographs. Meghan Boody’s take on Ruth Orkin’s American girl in Florence and Dan Tague’s Loch Ness monster are both humorous and eerie. Other pieces allude to acclaimed past series. Alinka Echeverria’s Pilgrims cites Avedon’s American West; while Mickalene Thomas’s Le Dejeuner sur I'Herbe: Les Trois Femmes Noires references the body of work of Seydou Keïta. Terence Koh parodies Marcel Duchamp’s feminine alter ego Rrose Sélavy.
This exhibition is both a celebration of the influence of the iconic work, a testimony to the extraordinary image in our era of image glut. The show is also replete with generational rebellion and revenge. We see powerful transformations of the motifs, gestures, and techniques of the past into contemporary themes and timely connotations.
Inspired will include works by Meghan Boody, Jen DeNike, Jordan Doner, Sante D'Orazio, Alinka Echeverría, Jonah Fay-Hurvitz & Kyle DeWoody, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Greg Friedler, Henny Garfunkel, Ralph Gibson, Josh Gosfield, Joel Grey, Tim Hailand, Lyle Ashton Harris, Noritoshi Hirakawa, Lisa Kereszi, Terence Koh, Chase Koopersmith, Eric Kroll, Liz Magic Laser, Erica Lennard, Gideon Lewin, Burton Machen, Patrick McMullan, Leonard Nimoy, Karen Ostrom, Grear Patterson, Alexandra Penney, Anton Perich, Scott Peterman, Len Prince & Jessie Mann, Kathy Rudin, Mark Seliger, David Benjamin Sherry, John Silvis, Dan Tague, Mickalene Thomas, Chris Verene & Cheri Nevers, Jaimie Warren, and Martabel Wasserman, among others.
Beth Rudin DeWoody is a New York art collector and curator. She is the executive vice president of Rudin Management and on the board of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Creative Time, The New School, New Yorkers For Children, and the New York Police Foundation. Her other most recent exhibitions include I Won't Grow Up at Cheim & Read, New York, Just What Are They Saying... at the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, In Stitches at Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, New York, and Think Pink at Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach