Robert Heinecken: Lessons in Posing Subjects

7 November 2014 - 11 January 2015

Lessons in Posing Subjects : Standard Pose #1 (Hands/Neck/Head), 1982 (detail) SX-70 Polaroid prints mounted on Rives BFK paper, lithographic title and text.
38 x 51 cm. Edition 9/10. The Robert Heinecken TrustLessons in Posing Subjects/Simulated Animal Skin Garments, 1982 © Robert HeineckenSeated Figure / Martini, 1991 Magazine collage on found freestanding display figure 101,6 x 50,8 cm. Unique. Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York

Lessons in Posing Subjects : Standard Pose #1 (Hands/Neck/Head), 1982 (detail) SX-70 Polaroid prints mounted on Rives BFK paper, lithographic title and text. 38 x 51 cm. Edition 9/10. The Robert Heinecken Trust

Robert Heinecken (1931–2006) is today considered one of the most influential post-war American photographers. However, his work is still relatively unknown in Europe. The exhibition represents a unique opportunity for approaching the artist’s complex and varied practice. This process rarely included the use of photographic apparatus, so much so that Heinecken described himself as a “para-photographer”. He was instead mostly interested in exploring the notion of photography as an expanded field of experimentation, often operating at the intersection of Pop and Conceptual Art.

The exhibition at Open Eye Gallery focuses on the Polaroids Heinecken took between 1976 and 1982 with a SX-70 camera. With well over 250 Polaroid photographs alongside sketchbooks and magazine cuttings on display, this presentation is one of the most comprehensive surveys of its kind to date and a UK premiere.

The exhibition is produced in partnership with Wiels (Brussels) and Fri Art : Centre d’art de Fribourg | Kunsthalle Freiburg. The exhibition will travel to Fri Art after the UK presentation.

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