Melanie Van Latum

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Review of Melanie Van Latum's new work, Vessels of the Avant Garde  
Melanie Stimmell Van Latum at Deborah Martin Gallery December 10th, 2009 - January 1st, 2010
Posted 10/13/09
Melanie Van Latum’s portraits pop with a hardboiled baroque, neo-noir coterie of haunting, flamboyant heroines. Handsome, sinister, and supremely confident women stare from the canvas with an imperiously mysterious gaze, clearly indicating that no cloister, boudoir, suburb or nursery could ever contain the canny power of their bodies and minds. Van Latum’s cleverly balanced compositions and high-tension-line lighting conjure a triumphant, intelligent feminine charisma – a mise-en-scene flushed... [more]